UN alarmed at political strife in Somalia that may derail electoral process

The United Nations and international partners are alarmed at the political strife in Somalia that may derail the electoral process, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Friday.

“As Somalis mark the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 17 Agreement (on election arrangements), we at the UN and our international partners said today they are increasingly alarmed that the escalating dispute between the president and prime minister will undermine Somalia’s stability and derail the electoral process,” said the spokesman.

“We urge the president and the prime minister to resolve their differences immediately, avoid further unhelpful exchanges of public statements and personnel announcements, refrain from any action that could destabilize the security situation, and re-focus on concluding the overdue elections without further delay,” he told a press briefing.