Jubaland President Ahmed Madobe believes dialogue with the Federal Government of Somalia remains the only solution to end the country’s political crisis, Garowe Online reports. In his inaugural address in the southern port city of Kismayo on Saturday, Madobe made calls for genuine dialogue and consultation on national matters as he extended an olive branch to the government. Continuing, the regional state president called for unity and join hands in building the country to overcome the present day challenges and make Somalia a more prosperous and peaceful nation. Madobe highlighted the importance of compromise on the deadlocked issues between Jubaland and the Federal Government for the interest of the people and the nation in general and mending relations. The regional leader has invited President Farmajo in Kismayo to sort out the differences and pledged to reach out to opposition candidates to foster peace and reconciliation as he assumes office for 3rd time. He was commended for displaying unconditional readiness for dialogue.
Since 2018, the central Government of Somalia and the Federal States have been deadlocked on issues as Mogadishu has been accused of consolidating power ahead of the 2020/2021 general elections. Senator Farole who was among the key speakers at Jubaland’s inauguration blamed Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo for turning a blind eye to mediation efforts aimed at ending the standoff. Former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has shed light on massive corruption within the current government’s institutions and accused the International partners of showing the misleading image. Former Southwest State leader, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden urged Farmajo to work on creating an agreed-upon political system and heed the calls from the different Somali leaders. The inaugural ceremony was attended by two former Somali presidents, Puntland President, members of the Federal parliament, leaders of opposition political parties as well as a top Kenyan delegation. The delegation from Kenya led by the majority leader, Aden Barre Duale attended the occasion and left Kismayo as Somali civil aviation authority directed all flights from Nairobi to route via Mogadishu