GOOBJOOG NEWS/MOGADISHU: It is all systems go for a final announcement tomorrow on the elections road map sa e for the Somaliland question which remains unresolved, Goobjoog News can authoritatively report.
The Federal Member State leaders and Prime Minister Mohamed Roble who have been meeting for close to a week now are set to announce a deal in a ceremony to be attended by other stakeholders tomorrow.
Outgoing President Mohamed Farmaajo and his predecessors Hassan Sheikh Mohamed and Sharif Sheikh Ahmed are expected to attend.
Goobjoog News has also learned that virtually all components of the Baidoa Framework including were adopted without change. This means elections will take place in two towns in each state and that Amisom and Somali police will provide security for the elections.
But the dispute between Senate speaker Abdi Hashi and deputy prime minister Mahdi Guled on the nomination of members to the state and federal elections Committee could hold back tomorrow’s announcement.
A source privy to the talks has told Goobjoog News Guled’s side which has the backing of outgoing President Mohamed Farmaajo has sought to limit Hashi’s influence in the process fueling differences which could derail the talks.
According to the source, the Guled-Farmaajo faction wants Hashi to be allotted only five seats at the Federal Indirect Elections Team (FIET) and State Indirect Elections Team (SIET). The two committees have a conflict resolution wing.
Hashi, who leads a caucus of politicians and other opinion leaders from Somaliland proposed a 50-50 deal in all the appointments. This would mean he and Guled appoint two candidates each to both the FIET and the resolution Committee.
A similar arrangement would apply for SIET which has 11 members.
But it has emerged that Farmaajo who is seeking to have a upper hand in the Somaliland process is allocating Hashi only one seat at FIET and about four only at the SIET level.
“They told him you’ll have your Senate seat back if you accept our deal but Hashi rejected the offer,” our source said.
The FIET comprises 25 members and each Federal Member State is allocated four seats.
Hashi also met with FMS leaders after an earlier meeting with PM Roble and both had the same message-accept five seats, a source said.