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A new rebound in the ongoing electoral process to lead to a Somali presidential election. This Saturday, December 18, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has limited seven members of the election litigation committee. A steep decision made after a meeting with the Alliance of the opposition candidates, the first since their announcement of the boycott of the electoral process, putting forward charges of fraud.

It followed weeks that the Prime Minister did not meet the opposition candidates to discuss. Saturday, it was done, on the occasion of the virtual meeting of an advisory body including ministers and the governors of the federated states, the major political actors, as well as the President of the electoral commission which made a point of step on the elections.

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Two hours later, Mohamed Hussein Roble went further: he limited seven members of the electoral dispute resolution committee he controls the appointment and immediately replaced by faithful.

"Not in the right direction"

The official motif, according to a statement of his office: to have "violated the independence" of the committee and have "interferes" in political life. According to the Somali media, it would be mainly confirming at his position as a deputy of the very controversial former former information, Yassin Farey, a close to President Farmajo, who would have motivated these limogeages. A retention that dissatisfied with the clan to which he belongs and who, according to the opposition, is revealing "fraud" organized to promote the conservation of power by the head of the outgoing state.

In the stride, the Council of the opposition candidates greets a "step in the right direction".

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