UN: UN envoy in Somalia commends election of speaker of regional assembly

New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in
Somalia (UNSOM) Nicholas Kay has commended the completion of the establishment of the
assembly of Galmudug, a region located in the centre of the country.

A UN statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Monday, said Mr. Kay welcomed the
election of the Speaker of the Galmudug by members of the assembly in Adaado on
27 June.

The UN envoy also congratulated the newly elected speaker, Ali Ga'al Asir, and expressed
satisfaction "with the completion of this important stage of the Central Regions' state
formation process."

He commended Abdirahman Mohamed Husen, Minister of Interior and Federal Affairs,
the Technical Committee, and the regional assembly members for conducting a successful,
transparent process of electing the Speaker and Deputy Speakers.'

Mr. Kay stressed that the regional assembly now has the "critical task" of electing the President of the Galmudug Regional Administration, and urged it to conduct this "important" process in a similar transparent and credible manner, and to bring the state formation process to a successful conclusion.

UNSOM, Mr. Kay assured, will continue to extend full support to the state formation
process, which will be brought to a conclusion with the election of a President on 4 July.

PANA recalled that last week, the UN Security Council condemned the attack on 26 June
against the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base camp in the locality of Leego,
perpetrated by Al-Shabaab, which has caused the death and injury of many Burundian

Members of the Security Council underlined that neither this, nor any other
senseless act of terrorism in Somalia, would dent their resolve to support the
peace and reconciliation process in Somalia.
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