Somalia: Somalia's int'l partners concerned over dispute in Galmudug region

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - International partners supporting Somalia's transition to democratic governance have expressed concern about the unfolding dispute within the Galmudug regional assembly and between members of the assembly and President Abdikarim Guled.

"The dispute, which has led to a vote to remove the President from office, with the President and the Speaker of the assembly rejecting the vote as illegal, is potentially destabilizing," the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States said in a joint press statement made available to PANA on Friday.

The international partners have called on all the stakeholders in Galmudug, in particular members of the regional assembly, the Speaker of the assembly and the President, to resolve the underlying issues through dialogue and refrain from resorting to any acts of violence.

In addition, the international partners called on all Somalis, including the security forces, to now focus on consolidating and building on the gains from the electoral and state-building processes and make every effort to avoid actions that could undermine the progress that is unfolding in the country.

Galmudug is an autonomous region in central Somalia, bordered to the north by the Puntland region, to the west by Ethiopia, and to the south by other regions of Somalia.
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13 january 2017 15:12:51

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