Madobe rejects Ethiopian intelligence demand on Jubbaland election affairs

Reports from Kismayo are indicating that three-hour meeting between Ethiopian Intelligence officials and the Jubbaland President, accompanied by the Interior and Security Ministers ended fruitlessly.

The Ethiopian Intelligence officials have demanded to reopen the voter registration to allow opposition candidates to register and also asked to lift the ban on Federal government officials from visiting Kismayo.

Sources in Kismayo have confirmed that Ahmed Madobe has rejected the demands of the Ethiopian Intelligence officials and acknowledged that giving second chance to opposition candidates’ registration depends on the Jubbaland Independent electoral committee which has their own set of rules and procedures and the will make their decision.

President Madobe has also responded the other issue of lifting the ban on Federal government officials to visit the region and said that it is a decision made by the Jubbaland Council of Ministers and will only be delivered back to the assembly whether or not to amend it.

The Ethiopian intelligence officials who have secretly arrived Kismayo on yesterday have returned to Mogadishu on Thursday morning.

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