Somalia leaders are scheduled to open a highly anticipated electoral conference in the capital Mogadishu on Monday after months of bitter in-fighting between various stakeholders torpedoed previous organizing attempts at national elections.
The international community played a significant role in facilitating the conference. After months of political turmoil suspended the country in a constitutional crisis, the United Nations and the U.S government-issued statements on Sunday calling on leaders to end the impasse. Somalia’s leaders will hold the talks at Aden Adde International Airport.
The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on “Somalia’s leaders to safeguard the country’s future and find an agreement to conduct parliamentary and presidential elections immediately.” He said that Somalia’s leaders must “set aside narrow political objectives, uphold their responsibilities to the people of Somalia”.
The U.S Embassy sent a strongly-worded tweet out demanding Somalia’s Federal Member State leaders remain in Mogadishu until a path to elections is realized.