UN: UN welcomes new Somalia Federal Parliament

New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday welcomed the inauguration of the new Federal Parliament of Somalia on 27 December and warmly congratulated the people of Somalia on the historic achievement in their quest for universal suffrage by 2020.

The 10th Somalia Parliament was inaugurated in a ceremony, in which 283 parliamentarians took their oath of allegiance.

In a statement obtained by PANA in New York, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "The successful inauguration of the Parliament marks further progress in ensuring political stability and security in Somalia."

Ban urged the new Parliament to now maintain the momentum by moving swiftly to complete the electoral process, with the election of the Speakers of both houses and the Federal President.

The UN chief said: "The Parliament should tackle urgent legislative priorities, including establishing a permanent Constitution of Somalia, in the larger interest of the people of Somalia."

He called on the authorities to fill all remaining vacant seats in the Parliament expeditiously, while fulfilling their obligation to ensure that the seats reserved for women are filled by women, and also emphasized that any irregularity, abuse, or malpractice reported by the federal and state electoral bodies should be fully addressed to preserve the credibility of the process.

He further commended the hard work of the Somali security forces and the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in providing a secured environment for the 2016 electoral process in Mogadishu and in the regional capitals, the statement added.

According to the UN Department of Political Affairs, the UN has been engaged with Somalia since 1991 to support its Government and people to advance the cause of peace and reconciliation, following two decades of lawlessness and conflict.

The UN Security Council established the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) on 3 June 2013 to provide policy advice to the Federal Government and AMISOM in the areas of governance, security sector reform and rule of law, and development of a federal system, including preparations for elections in 2016.
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29 december 2016 14:50:08

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