There is hope for Somalia after all

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After five long days of negotiations between the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States, an agreement was reported yesterday marking it a historic day.

The Deputy Information Minister, Abdirahman Yusuf, announced that the elections will be held within 60 days and the exact dates will be determined and communicated by the electoral board. 

Earlier on, there were attempts to change the voting system in Somalia that would give everyone a chance to participate but following the delays and the pressure that has been experienced in the country, both the central government and leaders of Somalia’s five states agreed to go with the system used in the past, where special representatives chosen by Somalia’s clan elders pick lawmakers, who in turn choose the president.

This agreement is meant to cool the tension and violence that has been experienced in Somalia since the moment President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo) had announced to extend his mandate for two years. 

In a press statement issued by the United States, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble was commended for his efforts of bringing the Somalia leaders together and carrying out discussions that involved compromise, respect and patience. 

The success of these meetings have given citizens of Somalia hope that the elections might be transparent and that peace and development will be witnessed in the country soon enough.

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