Ethiopia: AUC Chairperson congratulates Somali President Mohamed

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has congratulated Somalia's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi  Mohamed and commended former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for his service to the nation and for gracefully accepting Wednesday's election outcome.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Chairperson noted that Mohamud accepted the election result "in a manner that exemplifies good statesmanship".

The new president, known as ‘Farmajo,’ was declared the winner after two rounds of voting by the Somali Parliament in the capital, Mogadishu. The runner-up, the incumbent, Mohamud, chose to withdraw from a third and final round of voting and congratulated the former Prime Minister on his victory.

"The Chairperson equally lauds the Somali people for exercising their democratic rights and applauds the commendable work of the Independent Electoral Teams at the federal and state level managing the highly contested Presidential and Parliamentary elections amidst attempts by terrorists to discredit and disrupt the electoral process," said the statement.

According to the same statement, Dlamini Zuma, appreciated "the resilience of Somalis as they defied all odds and fully supported and facilitated the electoral process, which will serve as a catalyst to tackle the numerous priorities including security, the ongoing drought, reform of the security sector; acceleration of the constitutional review; consolidation of the federal member states; reconciliation and resolution of many local conflicts around the country".

The Chairperson paid tribute to African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali security forces for protecting electoral sites around the country and for fulfilling an arduous job in very difficult circumstances.

"This is a clear testimony of the determination, professionalism and effectiveness of the security strategy that have been implemented during this electoral process," she said, reaffirming the AU’s commitment to work with the leaders and people of Somalia as they embark on the huge task of rebuilding their country.
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09 february 2017 11:31:18




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