Dhusamareb -Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo today attended the closing ceremony of the Dhusamareb-3 conference in Dhusamareb, the capital of Galmudug, and spoke about the boycott of the conference by the Jubbaland and Puntland administrations.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo spoke about the rejection of the two administrations by the conference, and said that they have an important role to play in the conference, and that he is ”deeply troubled by their absence.”
President Farmajo said the two administrations that were absent from the conference were indispensable, as the state leaders say they would ”never accept a conference that did not implement what was agreed upon or issued.”
“Our brothers in Puntland and Jubbaland, you inputs are crucial in this forum. You are good people yet we are now far away from each other. We are sorry that you did not come and could not be present,” he said.
The president also said he hopes more meetings will be held between the Jubbaland and Puntland administrations, which means that the Dhusamareb-3 conference will be followed by another conference.
“I believe that you will come back to us with your ideas as we need you. We need your strength in all aspects such as your expert thoughts and the Somali people must see us unite,” he said.
The controversy over the election is currently at a critical juncture, with political stakeholders deeply divided over the nature of the country’s elections.
It is not clear whether the decisions of the Dhusamareb-3 conference will be implemented, or amended later, as the president has requested more meetings from the authorities who opposed the conference.
Meanwhile, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, speaking at the conclusion of the Dhusamareb 3 conference, said he and regional administration leaders had agreed to move beyond the clan-based electoral system.
President Farmajo indicated that he and the leaders of the regional administrations who attended the Dhusamareb conference agreed on a transition to a multi-party system in the upcoming elections.