UN: UN, partners urge resolution of Somali President's impeachment crisis

New York, US (PANA) - Envoys from the UN and other international organizations have expressed deep concern that a parliamentary motion to impeach Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud would impede progress on the country’s peace and state-building goals.

In a joint statement Thursday, the UN, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the
Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), the US and the
United Kingdom said: "While we fully respect the right of the Federal Parliament to hold
institutions to account and to fulfil its constitutional duties, the submission of any such motion
requires a high standard of transparency and integrity in the process and will consume extremely valuable time, not least in the absence of essential legal bodies."

The organizations also recalled that Somalia and all UN member states are bound by UN Security Council Resolution 2232, which set out the expectations of the international community on the security and political progress needed in Somalia, and the need for an electoral process in 2016 without extension of either the legislative or executive branch.

"While recognizing the progress in recent years that Somalia has made, especially on federalism, and also recognising the important and courageous contribution made by the federal parliament, often at great human cost, the envoys said they remain concerned
about progress on the legislative agenda and the need to pass key legislation including laws on
elections, citizenship, political parties’ and the constitutional court.

"Emerging institutions are still fragile. They require a period of stability and continuity to allow
Somalia to benefit from the New Deal Somali Compact and to prepare for a peaceful and legitimate transfer of public office in 2016," the statement said.

It recalled that in 2014, international partners consistently advocated for political stability and
continuity, respect for institutional roles defined within the constitution and strong measures
to tackle corruption, and improve public financial management, including in the security and
defence sector, and in 2015 this remained the organizations’ firm call.

"We are determined to assist the Somali people in preparing for an electoral process in 2016
that will not be dominated by any single institution or stakeholder. The exact choice of
electoral process will be made by Somalis following a national consultative process, in
which the executive, legislative, regional administrations as well as civil society across the
country will participate.

"We note that both the Executive and Members of Parliament have endorsed the proposed
action Plan for the national consultative process," the statement noted.

The international organizations also expressed the belief that the Somali people be given the opportunity in 2016 to hold their government and elected representatives to account through an inclusive and transparent electoral process.

They also called on Somali federal institutions to maintain their unity and cohesion during
this challenging period.

The envoys urged a focus on priorities that Somalis have set for themselves: preparation
of the electoral process in 2016, formation of federal member states and the constitutional
review process, which are vital for stabilisation, governance and state-building, and the
fight against Al Shabaab, which is at a crucial juncture, thanks to the support and sacrifice
of Somali national security forces, the African Union and partners.

PANA reports that the impeachment motion followed accusation that the President is interfering with independent constitutional bodies, including the courts.
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