UN Security Council Welcomes Somali Agreement on Prompt and Peaceful Elections

Inês Tralhão Fernandes, Projects Officer

26 May 2021

This agreement, that allows for elections within the period of 60 days, was an outcome of the summit proposed by the Prime Minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, after months of escalating tension between the political factions in Somalia. The commitment promises to “hold peaceful, transparent, inclusive, and credible elections, which respect the agreed-upon minimum 30% women’s quota in parliament”.

Under the 17 September Electoral Model agreed in 2020, verified clan elders would elect a parliament, which then would elect a president. The parliamentary electionswere scheduled for December but were later delayed. The talks between Somalia’s Federal Government and the leaders broke down in early April.

To conclude, the members of the Security Council reaffirmed their respect for the sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity, and unity of Somalia.

See below for the UN Spokesperson's tweet:
https://twitter.com/UN_Spokesperson/status/1397968976240689153

To read more:
https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/05/1093042
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/05/27/somalia-election-agreement/
https://www.voanews.com/africa/somalia-leaders-agree-hold-election-within-60-days