EU engagement with Somalia at risk unless electoral model legalized

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Over the past days, International partners have constructively engaged with the Federal leadership, the National Leadership Forum (NLF) and the ad hoc Parliamentary Committee in their efforts to enable and legalise the electoral process in 2016.

All expressed their commitment to the swift endorsement of the necessary electoral bill, and to fulfil their previous commitments to endorse the National Leadership Forum’s unanimous agreement on the 2016 electoral process model.

We strongly regret that this matter has not been resolved prior to the United Nations Security Council visit of 19 May.

An important opportunity was missed and so we call, once more, upon all Somali political actors to demonstrate their unequivocal determination to respect their constitutional duty and commitment towards the 2016 elections and for Parliament to fulfil its responsibilities.

Failure to do so will jeopardise the Somali political process and set Somalia several years back. The EU and its Member States have been by the side of the Somali people and have invested considerably in the post-transition process.

Despite the challenges, important progress has been registered. However, unless immediate action is taken, this progress is at risk of being reversed and we will be compelled to review our engagement and support to the Federal Institutions and call for an emergency international meeting on Somalia.

Source: EU Statement

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