Panafrican News Agency

AU Commission Chief welcomes moves to promote Somali Elections

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed the decision by the House of the People of the Federal Parliament of Somalia to abide by the 17 September,2020, Agreement as the basis for the upcoming elections in the country.

According to the media channel of the AU, this followed the request by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo”.

Mahamat commended President Farmaajo for putting the interests of the Somali people first.

He also welcomed the lead role accorded to the Prime Minister to prepare for peaceful, credible and transparent elections and ensure its security.

Furthermore, the Chairperson thanked the Somali stakeholders for heeding the call of the AU Peace and Security Council to adhere to the September 2020 Agreement endorsed by all stakeholders as the most viable pathway to organize the elections as early as possible.

Mahamat reiterated the call for immediate return to dialogue and negotiation process, assuring Somalia of the active support of the AU and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for this process.

The Chairperson noted that the AU High Representative to serve as Special Envoy on Somalia’s political track, will be appointed, imminently.

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