Somali President Accepts AU Mediation in Poll Impasse

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmaajo, arrived in Kinshasa for an official visit on April 19, 2021, and met DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi, who is also the African Union (AU) chairperson. Farmaajo accepted the intervention of the AU in the dispute over elections in his country. The Lower House of Parliament had earlier voted to delay elections by two years, shutting down talks that had collapsed on how to hold an indirect election, based on a deal known as the September 17 Agreement. At the heart of the controversy is the concerted rejection of the extension by the UK, U.S and the European Union - Somalia's biggest humanitarian and security donors in the last decade. They warned of possible sanctions, according to a statement from EU Representative Josep Borrell.

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A delegate casts her vote in the electoral process to choose members of parliament into Somalia's House of the People in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 6 December 2016.

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