World Bank delegation led by Keith Hansen, the bank’s Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda, has visited Mogadishu on Monday to inform Somali officials of the possibility to cut international development assistance to the country amid delays of polls.
Prime Minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble has received the World Bank officials discussing World Bank development projects in Somalia and plans in the future.
According to sources privy to the discussions, Mr. Hansen has made it clear to prime minister Roble that the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will suspend development projects including the debt relief related initiatives, should the country’s elections are not completed by the end of the year.
The meeting appeared to be another push by the international community for Somalis to complete the elections as soon as possible.
The United States, the European Union and other foreign partners have previously called on the federal government and local authorities to hold elections by December 2021.
The Horn of African country is in mid of political crisis since late last year. A chronic centre-periphery tensions have been on vivid display in the tussle over electoral delays and term extension by the incumbent leader, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo in April this year, threatening to turn the now extended delays into a trigger for a wider crisis.