NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 10 – The UN Security Council welcomed on Friday the conclusion of the electoral process in Somalia and the election of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmajo” and paid tribute to former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for his service commending the swift and gracious transfer of power in Somalia. A presidential statement was adopted today, underscoring the need to maintain the momentum towards democratic governance in Somalia and praising “the increased participation and representation of the people of Somalia in the electoral process”.
In particular, the Council welcomed the increased representation of women in the Upper House and the House of the People and underlined the important contribution of women to Somalia’s peacebuilding and State building process. The Council emphasised the importance of governing in a spirit of national unity in an inclusive manner and of adhering to the political road map in order to reach one-person, one-vote elections in four years time.
The Italian delegation intensely worked towards the adoption of the statement. Italy welcomed in particular the continuous support of the Security Council to the Somaly peace, stabilization and development process. Important, according to the Italian delegation, was the paragraph on the role of women as well as the appreciation of the part played by the Somali security forces. Italy thinks that a reform of the security sector is necessary and it should have the Somali people as protagonist.
Congratulating former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ on his election, the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNSOM) said the UN and the wider international community are ready to assist him in addressing the myriad challenges that await his Government.
“We […] look forward to working with him and his Government in tackling the many economic, political, security and humanitarian challenges facing Somalia,” UNSOM Spokesperson Joseph Contreras told UN News after the presidential polling, which followed a nearly 18 month exercise that included an extended parliamentary electoral process.
“It’s an historic milestone in the country’s emergence from years of chaos and civil war. We feel the process, though flawed in some respects by allegations of corruption and manipulation of some of the parliamentary voting, overall, produced some very positive results,” he said, noting that the new Federal Parliament that was elected is the most representative and legitimate national legislature in the history of the country.
The new president, known as ‘Farmajo,’ was declared the winner after two rounds of voting by the Somali Parliament in the capital, Mogadishu. The runner-up, the incumbent, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, chose to withdraw from a third and final round of voting and congratulated the former Prime Minister on his victory. (@OnuItalia)