Kenyan Silverstone cargo plane crashes at Airport in Mogadishu crew members rescued

A Kenyan cargo plane on Saturday crashed at Mogadishu’s main airport in Somalia, injuring two of the five crew members.
Monday, September 21, 2020

Security Council concludes visit to Somalia; urges swift approval of electoral model

- Advertisement -

19 May 2016 – The United Nations Security Council concluded a one-day visit to Somalia today by reaffirming its solidarity with the country’s people and Government and reiterating its calls to the federal parliament to legalize the 2016 electoral model as soon as possible.

“Somalia’s security in its broadest sense is a common concern of the international community and the whole region, and that is why such importance has been placed by the Security Council in a legitimate transfer of power later this year,” said Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Somalia, in a briefing to reporters at the conclusion of the Council’s visit.

“The message of the Security Council is very clear: the international community looks forward to elections in August 2016 and will do everything possible to support them being free and fair and on time. But it urges immediate action to legalize the electoral model so that practical preparations can begin as quickly as possible,” he added.

- Advertisement -

The Council delegation was led by the body’s current President, the Permanent Representative of Egypt, Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, and the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, Matthew Rycroft.

The officials held a series of high-level meetings with the Federal President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, regional presidents, civil society members, humanitarian organizations and senior UN and African Union officials.

The other Council Member States represented in the 27-member delegation include Angola, China, France, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

“We all are very grateful that you are here as the people of Somalia, that shows the level of commitment you have for Somalia,” said President Mohamud in welcoming remarks to the Council representatives.

- Advertisement -

During the press briefing, the current President of the Security Council called on Mr. Mohamud to utilize all available constitutional tools to make elections possible.

“We will provide our support to the government and the message is clear that we are here to help,” said Mr. Aboulatta. “But also it was a message that we need to move forward.”

Mr. Rycroft said his country places a high priority on developments in Somalia, and reaffirmed the Council’s commitment to help ensure peace and stability in Somalia.

“We had very good discussions about the political process and the need for elections to take place on the timetable already agreed by the leaders, which means elections in August of 2016,” he said.

“We were glad to talk in detail to the President, the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the presidents of the regions about what is needed in order to be ready for that date,” he added.

As part of the Council’s visit, prominent women leaders told members about the pressing need to promote the empowerment of Somali women and ensure that at least 30 per cent of the seats in the country’s next federal parliament be reserved for female candidates.

In a separate meeting with civil society representatives moderated by Mr. Keating, the issue of women’s representation in positions of leadership was addressed.

“We want full assurance that the international community and the UN will use their good offices to exert diplomatic pressure on our leaders, including the traditional leaders, to make gender parity and political representation a reality,” said Deqe Yasin, a Somali woman activist.

“We count on you and shall also hold you accountable,” she added.

The electoral model was formally endorsed at last month’s National Leadership Forum conference, and was subsequently submitted to the federal parliament by Somali Prime Minister Sharmarke on 30 April.

UN NEWS

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Stay Connected

147,417FansLike
1,872FollowersFollow
786FollowersFollow
18FollowersFollow
5,617FollowersFollow
2,902SubscribersSubscribe

SOMALI NEWS

IGAD Congratulates Somalia leaders on the Successful Conclusion of Dialogue on Election Modalities

Djibouti, 18th September 2020: The IGAD Executive Secretary, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu (Ph.D) congratulates the people and leadership of Somalia for the successful...
- Advertisement -

Suspected arms dealers moved millions in Somali money transfers

Somali money transfer companies moved more than $3.7 million in cash between suspected weapons traffickers in recent years, including to a Yemeni...

The rape and murder that shook Mogadishu

There are many violent incidents in Mogadishu that often go unnoticed. But when Hamdi Mohamed Farah was tossed over a six-storey building...

Somalia election: Old rivals unite to fight Farmaajo

In Somalia’s political scene, the revolving door is brutal and not even presidents can be safe.

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Somalia

The Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) for another...

MORE NEWS

Kenyan Silverstone cargo plane crashes at Airport in Mogadishu crew members rescued

A Kenyan cargo plane on Saturday crashed at Mogadishu’s main airport in Somalia, injuring two of the five crew members.

Trump at Minnesota rally: Biden will make Minnesota ‘refugee camp’ of Ilhan Omars

President Trump on Friday said that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden would turn Minnesota into a “refugee camp” full of people like...

IGAD Congratulates Somalia leaders on the Successful Conclusion of Dialogue on Election Modalities

Djibouti, 18th September 2020: The IGAD Executive Secretary, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu (Ph.D) congratulates the people and leadership of Somalia for the successful...

Suspected arms dealers moved millions in Somali money transfers

Somali money transfer companies moved more than $3.7 million in cash between suspected weapons traffickers in recent years, including to a Yemeni...

The rape and murder that shook Mogadishu

There are many violent incidents in Mogadishu that often go unnoticed. But when Hamdi Mohamed Farah was tossed over a six-storey building...

Ethiopia Unveils New Currency Notes to tackle hoarding and illegal trade

Ethiopia has introduced new bank notes to shore up the country's struggling economy and slow the hoarding of currency and illegal trade activities. 

Somalia election: Old rivals unite to fight Farmaajo

In Somalia’s political scene, the revolving door is brutal and not even presidents can be safe.

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Somalia

The Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) for another...

Somalia sets tough terms for end of Kenya miraa ban

The Somali government has given Kenya five conditions ahead of lifting the blockade of miraa imports.

Turkey delivers 12 off-road vehicles to Somali 3rd (Eagle) Infantry Battalion

Vehicles sent by National Defense Ministry as part of military and financial cooperation agreementsTurkey has delivered 12...

FEATURED POSTS

The rape and murder that shook Mogadishu

There are many violent incidents in Mogadishu that often go unnoticed. But when Hamdi Mohamed Farah was tossed over a six-storey building...

Somalia election: Old rivals unite to fight Farmaajo

In Somalia’s political scene, the revolving door is brutal and not even presidents can be safe.

Iman Elman: ‘I feel like I can do just as much if not more than any of the men’

When Iman Elman decided to enlist in the Somali National Army in 2011, the officer distributing uniforms gave her one shirt and two...

Why a Somali-born fighter is being honoured in Rome

In the series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe looks at how some Italians are revaluating their...