Reports from the Somali presidency say that the outgoing Somalia government has refused to make conditions for the recent September agreement in Afsiyoni conference, which was suspended on Sunday, after the second day of the conference ended without any agreement.
Senior government officials and leaders from Puntland and Jubaland have been at loggerheads over a number of issues on the agenda, with plans to resume today to reach an agreement, although it has been postponed.
Among the issues raised by the leaders of the two administrations were the reduction of the President’s power in the transition period, the February 19th attack on protesters and some presidential candidates, and the expansion of conference participants. These provisions did not go unnoticed by the government at the end of its term
Somali presidential spokesman Abdirashid Mohamed Hashi denied that there are currently “no conditions attached to the implementation of the September 17th agreement signed by the leaders,” in order to guide the country to an agreed election, he said.
During recent meetings, President Mohamed AbdullahiFarmajo rejected all proposals by Ahmed Madobe and SaedDeni that they wanted to include in the agenda of the consultative meeting, leading to a stalemate.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Information, Mr. Dube told reporters that the two presidents of Jubaland and Puntland are opposed to holding elections. The government is hiding the matter after rejecting all the proposals made by the two presidents.
Villa Somalia’s decision and the terms of SaedDeni and Ahmed Madobe could further escalate tensions between the warring factions, as the international community has been holding Puntland and Jubaland leaders in Mogadishu for nearly a month.
This time, however, it is clear that the outgoing government does not want to move forward by refusing to open the agenda and listen to the views of the leaders of Puntland and Jubaland, who are a political challenge to the late President Farmajo.