UN chief urges Somali leaders to implement 17-Sep poll deal

Antonio Gueteres

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States leaders to urgently come together and finalize political agreement on the way forward for national elections, in line with the 17 September electoral model.

In a statement, The UN chief also called for the “full respect of the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression” and reiterated the UN’s full support to the people and Government of Somalia on their “path towards peace, stability and prosperity”

The statement follows another one by United Nations (UN)) on Friday which called for calm hours after violent protests hit part of Somali capital.

The statement, the global body expressed concern over armed clashes in Mogadishu overnight and on Friday morning.

The statement called for calm and restraint by all parties involved, urging that open lines of communication be maintained to help reduce tensions.

“UN in Somalia notes that the clashes in #Mogadishu underscore the urgent need for Federal Government and Federal Member State leaders to come together to reach political agreement on the implementation of the 17 September electoral model,” the statement reads in part.

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