Somalia: International partners congratulate Somalia's new president

Mogadishu, Somali (PANA) - The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States have jointly welcomed the conclusion of Wednesday's presidential vote and extended their "sincerest congratulations to Somalia’s new Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his victory."

International partners also expressed their appreciation to the outgoing Federal President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed and his government for their many achievements over the past four years and thanked him for his gracious concession speech that facilitated a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.

"President Mohamed faces a formidable set of challenges in meeting the expectations of the Somali people," the international partners for Somalia said Thursday in a statement, noting that they expect the new federal government to respond to the country’s worsening drought crisis and avert another famine.

A top priority identified by President Mohamed is improving security for all Somalis, but their statement pointed out that "this will require continued partnership with the African Union and international donors."

Other challenges in Somalia include reconciliation and the peaceful resolution of a number of local conflicts and the resumption of the constitutional review process, not least to map out the pathway to one-person, one-vote elections in 2020.

International partners urged all political forces in Somalia to work together in support of President Mohamed and the incoming government.  

“The international community is eager to partner with the new President, the Federal Government of Somalia, the country’s federal member states and the people of Somalia in responding to these challenges,” said Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia. “Yesterday’s orderly and peaceful transfer of power is a major achievement for Somalia and should boost confidence in the country’s future both at home and abroad.”
-0- PANA AR 9Feb2017  

09 february 2017 16:45:11

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