Garowe, 9, 2019

Three Heads of state governments are no show in tonight’s session of Garowe Talks. They are the regional leaders of Hirshabelle, Jubaland and Galmudugh, according to sources close to the talks, who declined to identify themselves because they were not authorized to speak on the matter. No official reasons given for their absence from tonight’s meeting, but, it is known that there have been heavy lifting in the talks for the past several days with regards to Galmudugh and Jubaland issues. Galmudugh political conflict and President Xaaf’s demand for extension of his mandate for more two years and eight months were the most sticking points in the talks. Jubaland President Ahmed Madoobe demands non-interferance of the forthcoming Jubaland elections by the Central Government. And that is on the top of other complex issues on the agenda, involving 2020 federal electoral modalities, constitution-making, inter-regional and inter-govermental cooperation, security, resources sharing and regulations, among others.

No experts or senior aides are allowed to take part in the secret negotiations.

Other news sources spin that there is a preparation of Official Communique underway to be released tomorrow, Friday, May 10. No independent information is available, however, as the Garowe Talks are being held between the top leaders of the Federal Government and heads of the federal states in complete secrecy.

Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at:

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