CPC says jet-set politics may lead PM away from neutrality


Mogadishu (HOL) – The Council of Presidential Candidates (CPC) has called on Somalia’s Prime Minister to avoid the international jet-setting and begin the preparations for upcoming electoral consultative meetings.

“The Council urges PM Roble to show independence, stop unnecessary and wasteful foreign travel and immediately begin work towards a transparent electoral process agreeable to all and acceptable to the Somali people.”

The PM has travelled to two countries in the past ten days. Roble was in Saudia Arabia on May 7, where he made stops in Jeddah and Mecca, where he performed Umrah. He returned on May 12.

On May 14, the PM travelled to Djibouti for President Ismail Omar Guelleh’s inauguration ceremony. The PM’s official Twitter handle confirms he landed in Mogadishu on Sunday.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Council added it was concerned that PM “succumbed to outside pressures leading him away from a position of neutrality.”

The Council also blasted the federal government for withdrawing their support for an African Union-led mediation that they requested.