UN: UN chief hails appointment of new Somalia PM

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the
parliamentary endorsement of Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as the new Prime Minister
of the Federal Republic of Somalia 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 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.

At a press briefing in New York, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the UN chief
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.

Dujarric said: "The Secretary-General urges all parties to work on swift establishment
of an inclusive Federal Government",noting that, "political leadership is required to deliver
the ambitious agenda of peace building and political transformation."

Hesaid that, "Ban encouraged the country’s leaders to redouble their efforts to
ensuring politial stability and peaceful coexistenc, as well as take steps to prevent future
political crises."

The spokesperson added that the Secretary-General had taken note of the "significant
progress" made in pushing back Al-Shabaab and in building a federal state with strong
institutions.

However, he said the UN chief stressed that "much still needs to be done before the Federal
Government’s mandate expires in September 2016."
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24 december 2014 19:51:01




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