MOGADISHU, 15 JANUARY 2017– A delegation of senior officials from the African Union, United Nations, the European Union and the United Kingdom held a meeting Saturday, with Speaker of the House of the People, Prof. Mohamed Osman Jawari, at his office in Villa Hargeisa, the Somali capital Mogadishu.
The delegation congratulated Prof. Jawari on his re-election and promised continued support to Somalia as the country embarks on the next phase of the electoral process.
“We look up to the new Speaker who is now the highest elected leader in Somalia, in the new formation of government and we hope that they (Parliament) will be able to form a calendar that works for us to conclude the elections,” Hon. Lydia Wanyoto, the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, said shortly after the meeting.
“It is therefore very important for the legitimacy of the next president and the legitimacy of the government that the next two weeks goes as well as possible. That is deserved by the people of Somalia it is also needed by the international community. AMISOM and the African Union had done a great job in protecting the electoral sites; they had been here for many years creating space for politicians to organize. A peaceful transfer of power is now got to happen,” SRSG Keating added.
Keating further reiterated the need for timely conclusion of the electoral process.
“There is a big agenda before us as the country is facing drought, we have got issues on the security fronts and the world is waiting for this process to come to an end,” he emphasized.
In his remarks, Speaker Jawari noted the importance of working closely with Somalia’s partners, for the betterment of the country.
The delegation later held discussions with a section of presidential candidates at meeting chaired by the Speaker.