MOGADISHU (HOL) – Prime Minister Mohamed Roble and Federal Member State leaders are meeting today in Mogadishu for another round of talks and are expected to settle remaining issues ahead of the elections.
The meeting which was to start on Saturday will kick off today. Virtually all FMS leaders have in the last three days arrived in Mogadishu.
The talks which are a first since the signing of the electoral agreement on May 27 are expected to formulate and adopt an elections schedule, approve the recently released security plan and set a framework for the selection of clan elders and delegates.
The May 27 Agreement states that clan elders together with civil society organisations will work with regional governments in the selection of the delegates who will in turn elect the 275 MPs.
The list of the clan elders will however need to be updated first to cater for replacements in case of deaths of respective elders and other considerations.
The Security Plan released by the Office of the Prime Minister last week assigns the Somali Police Force, UN Police and AMISOM security of the elections.
Meanwhile, HirShabelle president has changed his mind and will be attending the talks after he indicated Sunday he will be keeping off.
The OPM said in a tweet today Gudlawe who is in Turkey apologized for his earlier decision and that he will be attending the talks through ZOOM.