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UN URGES INFORMAL TALKS TO END SOMALIA POLL CRISIS

The United Nations is urging Somalia leaders to continue with informal consultative meetings to reach a consensus on the delayed elections.

This comes after leaders of regional states of Jubbaland and Puntland boycotted informal talks that had been planned to start in Mogadishu on Monday.

The regional leaders have demanded that talks be led by the international community rather than the federal government.

On Sunday, the UN, the US, Canada, the African Union and several European nations had called on Somalia’s political leaders to “show leadership” by reaching an agreement.

The first term of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as “Farmajo”, ended on 8 February without the election of a successor – throwing the country into a crisis. 

The elections have been delayed because of regional squabbles over how power is distributed – and a row over a new election commission.

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