GOOBOOG NEWS|MOGADISHU: The UN and other foreign missions in Somalia have warned that the escalating political battles between Prime Minister Mohamed Roble and outgoing President Mohamed Farmaajo which centred on the killing of intelligence agent Ikran Farah could derail the ongoing election process.
A joint statement from the foreign missions called on the two leaders to dial down tensions and avoid violence. “We urge Somali leaders to de-escalate the political confrontation surrounding this investigation and, in particular, avoid any actions that could lead to violence,” the statement read in part.
They also urged stakeholders to implement the May 27 agreement which sets the framework for parliamentary and presidential elections. The international community also called ‘for a rapid resolution of this dispute, including a credible investigation of Ikran’s disappearance and the completion of the electoral process without any further delay.’
The remarks come in the wake of a tit-for-tat tussle between Farmaajo and Roble which has seen them both appoint parallel directors to the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA).