Gov’t, opposition talks flop, sides trade accusations

The talks between Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and leaders of Council of Presidential Candidates (CPC) have collapsed after the sides failed to resolve contentious issues.

The third round talks between Roble and the CPC which kicked off Thursday evening took hours as the sides were at loggerheads over conditions tabled by the opposition.

Among the conditions were stripping powers from President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, sacking of chiefs of SNA, NISA and police as well as including the opposition in the FGS-FMS talks over elections.

After the collapse of the talks, Somali Prime Minister Roble said his government is committed resolve the political uncertainty but noted that opposition tabled conditions that led to failure of the talks.

“During my meeting with the Union of Candidates, I made many concessions. We (the government and CPC) agreed on number of points accept one condition and that is, the opposition demanded their representatives to take part in FGS-FMS forum,” prime minister said. “Which means the re-starting of the agreement on 17 September 2020 and that is beyond my ability, it lies with leaders of the federal and regional state leaders.”

The prime minister assured that his office is always ready to address concerns of the opposition.

“My doors are still open for dialogue and compromise, so that we can reach a final solution and hold free and fair elections in the country,” PM Roble said.

Meanwhile, the opposition accused the government of dragging its feet to resolve the differences with the opposition.

Speaking the media, Abdirahman Abdishakur alongside his counterpart presidential candidates said president Farmajo had communicated with the PM to fail the talks.

“We had been holding talks with an individual (Prime Minister) who could not reach agreement independently. The talks were undermined by Villa Somalia by sending SMS to the individual. It is unfortunate that, this person does not realise that he has authority to reach agreement,” Abdishakur told the media.

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