US: US congratulates Somalia on conclusion of electoral process

Washington DC, US (PANA) - The United States on Wednesday congratulated the people of Somalia on the successful conclusion of their national electoral process.

"We congratulate Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on his selection as the next President of the Federal Government of Somalia and look forward to working closely with him and a new government," said a statement issued in Washington, DC, by Mr Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson of the US Department of State.

"We commend the Somali Security Forces and the African Union Mission in Somalia for their efforts over the past six months to allow the electoral process to unfold in a relatively safe and secure environment," the US said.

It noted that the transition represented an important step forward for the country.

"We commend the thousands of Somalis from across the country, including youth and women, who were able to vote in greater numbers than in the 2012 elections, but regret the numerous credible reports of irregularities in the electoral process. We encourage Somalia’s new administration to take credible steps to stamp out corruption and to establish strong electoral institutions to enable a free and fair one person one vote poll in 2020," the statement said.

The United States said it was looking forward to the timely formation of a new government, and to working in partnership with the President and new government to advance reconciliation, drought relief, security, and build the strong institutions to deliver good governance and development for the Somali people.

Outgoing President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, in his graceful concession speech, said he had put the country's best interests first.

The outcome of the presidential election by Members of the Federal Parliament was greeted with celebrations which erupted immediately after the Mohamed's victory was announced by the Speaker of the House of the People, Mohamed Osman Jawari.

The balloting, held under tight security measures in a hangar of the Somali Air Force at Mogadishu’s international airport, was witnessed by prominent members of the international community led by the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Francisco Caetano Madeira, and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating.
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