On Tuesday, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is scheduled to visit Badioa, the interim administrative capital of the South West regional state.
President Mohamud will join the South West reconciliation summit in Baidoa, which is set to commence in the coming days.
President Mohamud will have preliminary talks with President Laftagaren and members of the Southwest state opposition to settle their regional election dispute.
Lower House Speaker Sheikh Adan Mohamed Nur Madobe and federal government officials arrived in Baidoa on Monday to coordinate the meeting, increasing security.
The South West Reconciliation Summit, organized by the Speaker of the Parliament, Sheikh Adan Madobe, will discuss the tumultuous political situation in Southwest State, particularly the impending elections.
A meeting set for January 5th has been rescheduled for unclear reasons.
Southwest President Abdiaziz Laftagareen and the opposition candidates are at odds over the validity of his term extension.
At least ten individuals were murdered on December 23 in Baidoa during a battle between Southwest state security personnel and the opposition candidate’s paramilitary. The gunfight erupted at the home of former federal finance minister Mohamed Adan Ibrahim Fargeti, where an opposition-aligned militia had gathered.