The Somali Foreign Affairs Minister says, ”Jubaland and Puntland do not want elections in this country. “

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Somali Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Abdirizak Abubakar has accused the Puntland and Jubaland regional governments of not agreeing to hold elections in the country. He ruled out that the government plans to hold a unilateral election, saying that all parties have already agreed on the election and that the government is still on track.

“There is no unilateral election. You know, on September 17, there was an agreement to hold the election together. Some regional governments and the opposition do not want an election to take place. How can there be a one-party election?”

The minister said he was satisfied with the election as he spoke to the five parties to the agreement who he said, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, South West, Somaliland and Benadir regions are all ready to go to the polls, adding that only Puntland and Jubbaland are opposed.

The Minister’s statement comes at a time when no agreement has been reached on the conduct of the elections, which is opposed by the regional governments of Puntland and Jubbaland.