ADDIS ABABA – The East African regional bloc has congratulated the people and government of Somalia for the successful completion of the election of the Upper House of parliament.
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Executive Secretary, Workneh Gebeyehu has also applauded Somalia’s leadership, institutions and stakeholders for “this important milestone”.
The bloc further encouraged all concerned parties to maintain the same spirit and ensure the election of the lower house is also concluded without further delay.
“The conclusion of the Somali electoral process will afford the Somali people the opportunity to focus on state-building, peacebuilding, economic development and stability,” Igad said in a statement.
The elections for the House of the People seats will be held on November 16, according to reports.
The 54-member Senate and the 275 members of parliament from the Lower House are expected to jointly elect a new president in early 2022.
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