Somalia: UN political affairs chief lauds Somalia’s political progress

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Praising the “real forward momentum” in Somalia’s political development, the head of the United Nations political office has reiterated UN support as the Horn of Africa country tackles its challenges, such as the fight against the insurgent group Al Shabaab.

“I am here to reinforce and to demonstrate the support that the UN has for the people and the Government of Somalia as the country addresses a number of challenges ranging from the drought to security, to the political agenda going forward,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman.

In a series of meetings on Thursday in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, Mr. Feltman spoke with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, and Prime Minister Hassan Kheyre, among others, about the progress made in Somalia in recent months.

“I sense a real forward momentum in terms of political developments, in terms of reforms and transparency and of things moving forward to one-person one-vote electoral system for the 2021 parliamentary elections,” he said.

Mr. Feltman praised the work of the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC), which was created earlier this year and which is putting structures in place for the next parliamentary and presidential elections.

Following his meeting with NIEC Chairperson Halima Ibrahim, Mr. Feltman urged the Commission to move forward on the country's constitutional review process, which will lay the foundation for the national elections.

Among other topics, the senior UN official discussed with the Somali authorities the need for additional international support to combat the drought affecting more than 6.2 million people in the country.

It was Mr. Feltman's first visit to Somalia since President Farmaajo was elected in February.
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25 august 2017 19:52:50

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