The United Nations in Somalia welcomes the end of the country’s presidential election today.
“I would like to congratulate the newly elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on his victory tonight, but also extend our appreciation to the other candidates, and in particular President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo’, for respecting the results and continuing Somali traditions. embrace whoever wins and support them going forward – the mood tonight, I think, is very positive,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, in the early hours of Monday.
The UN official spoke at the end of the election, at a venue in Mogadishu known locally as the “hangar,” located near Aden Adde International Airport, where he and representatives of Somalia’s other international partners had been invited.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud won office in the third round of voting by the country’s lawmakers, after about twelve hours of voting and counting. There are nearly 40 candidates running for office.
The UN Special Representative noted that the electoral process was long-running, as well as actively competitive – and that a focus on domestic priorities and country development should now be the focus of attention.
“There have been some difficult moments in this lengthy election. However, I believe that tonight’s proceedings showed that it was a real horse race, that it was a competitive election, and that there was an opportunity for all candidates to fight fairly, and, so I think this is an opportunity now to show that the results are credible. , said Swan.
“Now is the time for Somalia and Somali friends to come together to support the new government that has been sworn in, and work on the critical national priorities that Somalia still faces,” he added. “There is a lot of work to be done, and we look forward to being a partner for Somalia in the future.”
The UN official also noted that some of the country’s key priorities include completing the constitutional review process, addressing urgent needs for increased development, security and the current drought.
In a tweet Monday, the United Nations in Somalia also praised the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Somali parliament, the presidential election organizing committee and professional parliamentary staff, as well as the Somali security forces and the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), to ensure an orderly, peaceful and secure Sunday presidential election, the results of which have been fully accepted.
Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).
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UN welcomes Somalia presidential election results
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