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UN Security Council to visit Somalia visit ahead of vote

UN Security Council to visit Somalia visit ahead of vote

The UN Security Council will travel to Somalia this month to show support for elections scheduled in August, Egypt’s UN Ambassador and this month’s council president, Amr Aboulatta, said Monday.

The 15 envoys will also travel to Nairobi during the May 17-21 trip and hold meetings in Cairo with the Arab League, Aboulatta said, presenting the program of work for the month.

“The council will be going to Somalia to push for the elections,” he said. “The election is supposed to be held in the month of August and we will try to give the support of the council.”

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SOMALIA, Mogadishu: In a photograph released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team 13 November, United Nations Under Secretary General for Field Support Ameerah Haq (centre) walks with United Nations Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOA) officials at a logistics base inside the Aden Abdulle International Airport complex and the main base camp and headquarters for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Ms. Haq was today on a one-day visit to the Somali capital where she met with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud as well as senior United Nations and African Union officials working with AMISOM and toured UNSOA and AMISOM logistics facilities. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

The vote will be Somalia’s second since 1991, when warlords ousted president Mohamed Siad Barre, plunging the country into years of war and chaos. The last elections took place in 2012.

Last month, the Security Council heard a report on the situation in Somalia during a special meeting in New York attended by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Voting for the upcoming general elections will take place through electoral colleges, but the council has said it should be a stepping stone to one-person, one-vote elections in 2020.

Under the electoral model, 30 per cent of seats in parliament will be reserved for women.



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