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Somalia goes for indirect elections again - for the sixth time 

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The Federal Government of Somalia and its member states have agreed after lengthy discussions and consultations, to an indirect electoral formula to conduct Somalia’s upcoming national elections.

A joint communiqué released following the agreement states that under the new electoral arrangement, Somalia’s National Independent Election Commission (NIEC), the commission tasked to oversee Somalia’s electoral process, has been made dormant, as a new electoral commission comprising the federal government and the member states is set to manage Somalia’s upcoming electoral process.

Following a series of meetings to resolve differences and find common ground on prickly issues, the sides have finally come to rally around an agreement at the end of the fourth round of talks, which requires the approval of Somalia’s Lower House of parliament. This was previously remarked by the president who, in his parliamentary speech last month, stated that parliament would deliberate any electoral agreement before it comes into full effect. This means........

© Middle East Monitor

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