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Dhageyso: Sheekh Abuu Muscab oo Shir jaraa’id ku faah faahiyay dagaallo ka dhacay Koonfurta iyo bartamaha Soomaaliya. Ciidamo Itoobiyaan ah oo qarax lagula beegsaday degmada Qansaxdheere.

WASHINGTON (Somaliguardian) – The United States said on Thursday that it had expanded the number of Somali individuals subject to visa restrictions following the Somalia government’s failure to conclude parliamentary elections on a self-established deadline.

“I am taking this action pursuant to a policy I announced on February 8, under Section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, to restrict the issuance of visas for those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Somalia,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

“We will continue to evaluate additional designations under this policy and other tools at our disposal to promote accountability and support the rapid conclusion of Somalia’s electoral process in a credible and transparent manner.”

Blinken said there are “continued credible reports of procedural irregularities” and journalists and opposition leaders “working to support democratic institutions and transparent processes have been targeted with harassment, intimidation, arrest, and violence”.

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