UN: UN Security Council calls for unity in Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council said it has taken note of a recent parliamentary
vote of "no confidence" resulting in the political ouster of Somalia’s Prime Minister amid a surge of political instability and extremist violence in the East African country.

The Somali Parliament dismissed Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed on 6 December due
to reported disputes between him and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud over
political appointments.

In a statement issued late Wednesday in New York, the 15-member Council underlined the
"vital importance" of a united political leadership in the war-torn country and expressed concern over the impact that the latest developments may have on peace and stability.

In addition, it voiced concern that further political instability could "jeopardize progress made
so far towards peace and security".

Despite the no confidence vote, the Council said it welcomed the resolution of the current
political crisis through "the proper Parliamentary channels" and commended the Prime Minister for his acceptance of the result.

The Council members also underlined their "resolute support for the peace and reconciliation
process" in the country and called on the new political leadership to focus on priority areas,
including resuming the implementation and review of the Provisional Constitution and the
passage of key legislation to establish electoral institutions.

"The Security Council reiterated their support for fast implementation of 'Vision 2016', and in that context they underlined the importance of the President swiftly appointing a new Prime Minister and the subsequent rapid establishment of an inclusive and representative
government," the statement noted.

It also added that the Council's members stressed that "swift and sustained" restoration of political stability remained "vital" at a time when operations against Al-Shabaab continue.

Somalia has been plagued by political infighting and outbursts of extremist violence as the
terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, continues to wage a simmering insurgency.

Most recently, in the city of Baidoa, a terrorist attack left at least 15 people dead with many
more wounded.
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11 december 2014 06:01:29

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