UN welcomes conclusion of presidential election in Somalia

UN welcomes conclusion of presidential election in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The United Nations in Somalia welcomed the conclusion of the nation’s presidential election right now.

“I would like to congratulate the newly elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on his victory this evening, but also express our gratitude to the other candidates, and in particular to the incumbent President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo’, for respecting the result and for carrying on the tradition to embrace whoever wins and support them in the future – the atmosphere tonight, I think, was very positive,” mentioned the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, within the early hours of Monday morning.

The UN official was talking at the tip of the election, on the venue in Mogadishu identified domestically because the ‘hangar’, situated close to Aden Adde International Airport, the place he and different officers Somalia’s worldwide companions had been invited.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was elected within the third poll of the nation’s parliamentarians, after a dozen hours of voting and counting. There had been practically 40 candidates within the working.

The UN Special Representative reported that the electoral course of had been lengthy and actively aggressive – and that specializing in nationwide and state-building priorities ought to now develop into the focal point.

“There have been difficult moments in this long election. However, I believe that the process tonight demonstrated that this was a real horse race, that this was a competitive election and that all candidates had the opportunity to run fairly, and so I think now is an opportunity to demonstrate that the outcome is credible,” Swan mentioned.

“Now is the time for Somalis and for friends of Somalia to come together to support the new government as it takes office and to work on the critical national priorities that Somalia still faces,” he mentioned. added. “There is a lot of work to do, and we look forward to being Somalia’s partners in the future.”

The UN official additionally famous that among the nation’s key priorities embrace finishing the constitutional assessment course of and addressing pressing wants to enhance improvement, safety and the present drought.

In a tweet later Monday, the UN in Somalia additionally congratulated the Speakers and Deputy Speakers of Somali parliaments, the presidential election organizing committee and skilled parliamentary workers, as properly as Somali safety forces and the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), for guaranteeing the orderly, peaceable and safe presidential election on Sunday, the outcomes of which had been totally accepted.

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