Mogadishu (BenaadirTV) – The Puntland and Jubaland administrations have boycotted the Dhusamareb 3 conference, sharply criticizing federal government officials and offering conditions they want to meet again.
The statements issued by the two regional administrations included statements by Said and Deni and Ahmed Madobe refusing to sit down with federal leaders, the main ones being: –
Removal of Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre
Prime Minister Kheyre’s reasons for losing office were targeted at President Farmajo and Governor Mursal collobrating as their views ”came against his (PM Kheyre’s) view of regional administrations and his desire for indirect elections, and his opposition to an extension for President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.”
Kheyre’s departure meant an overthrow of a strong coalition of regional leaders and plans which was jeopardised, and Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) breaking promises thus giving Federal States a strong point against FGS.
Jubbaland’s objections to the Dhusamareb 3 conference included the following:
Puntland and Jubaland have jointly declared that the outcome of the Dhusamareb 2 conference has not been implemented, and therefore it does not make sense to reconvene without resolving this issue.
The statement said: “The President of Puntland State has indicated that no decisions have been made at the Dhusamareb 1 and 2 conferences. The president (Puntland State) further indicated that he would not be involved in any political decisions reached in Dhusamareb 3, promising parliament that he would reconsider any outcome of the conference in order to fulfill its constitutional mandate, which shows that the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia has a different agenda than the one agreed upon in Dhusamareb 3 for holding timely elections. ”
Jubaland Officials said, “It is noteworthy that after the Dhusamareb II conference, the leadership of the Federal Government took steps that did not serve the implementation of the agreement, obstructed the scheduled Dhusamareb 3 conference, and re-created distrust and anxiety all over the country on the future of the state. ”
Since Jubaland and Puntland have accused the central government of not implementing the previous provisions, they believe that everything that comes out of the Dhusamareb 3 conference will go the same way, which is why they do not trust the government, according to their statement.
They both demanded that the international community be present at any future talks.
“The Puntland Government calls for the conference to be inclusive of the Heads of the Federal Government, Member States and International Diplomats interested in Somalia,” Puntland said.
Jubaland states in a statement: “The Jubaland State Government calls on the international community to assist Somalis in convening the Dhusamareb III Conference in order to bear fruits.”
Upper House weakened
With the country’s constitution stipulating that all laws in the country be approved by both houses of parliament, President Farmajo and Speaker Mursal decided to remove the Upper House, as they saw it as unconstitutional.
Many electoral laws were approved by Lower House parliament and signed by the president without going through Upper House parliament, much to the chagrin of Puntland and Jubaland, as the Upper House represents regional administrations.
Jubaland stated that one of the reasons for rejecting the conference was “Violation of the representation of the upper house of the Federal Parliament in accordance with Article 61, Paragraph 3 and Article 71 of the Provisional Constitution.”