UN: Ban speaks with Somalia's new PM, urges creation of inclusive government

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 0n Friday called the new Prime Minister of Somalia, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, to congratulate him on his recent appointment, expressing hope that he will move quickly to form an inclusive government, with the full participation of women.

According to a brief readout of the phone call issued to UN reporters, Ban called on the Somali leadership to work closely together to regain momentum in the political process, including the formation of federal state and a participatory constitutional review process.

He stated: "Recent gains by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Army against the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab should be complemented by the delivery of basic services and the rule of law."

The UN chief also reassured the Prime Minister of the UN’s full support in Somalia’s efforts towards peace, development and the full respect for human rights.

Last month, Ban elcomed the parliamentary endorsement of Sharmarke as the new Somalia's Prime Minister, in a step towards resolving the country’s current political crisis.

PANA recalled that the Somali parliament dismissed former Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed on 6 December, 2014 with a vote of "no confidence" due to reported disputes between Mr. Ahmed and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud over political appointments.

The ouster came amid a recent spate of extremist violence in the East African country, as the terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, continues to wage a simmering insurgency.

Most recently, in the town of Baidoa, a terrorist attack left at least 15 people dead with many more wounded.

The UN chief also encouraged the new Prime Minister, the President and the Speaker of Parliament to work together to regain momentum in the political process and to maintain a close working relationship with the interim regional administrations and emerging federal member states.
-0- PANA AA/MA 2January2015

02 january 2015 22:06:14

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