By Grace Kuria
Monday May 3, 2021
The African Union (AU) chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has on Sunday assured Somalia that the AU High Representative to serve as Special Envoy on Somalia’s political track, would be appointed ‘imminently’.
He said this as he welcomed the decision by the Federal Parliament of Somalia to reinstate the 17 Sep 2020 Agreement as the basis for the upcoming elections, following the request by Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo.In a statement, Mahamat said, “AU commends President Farmaajo for putting the interests of the Somali people first.”
“The Chairperson also welcomes the lead role accorded to the Prime Minister to prepare for peaceful, credible and transparent elections and ensure its security.”
He also thanked the Somali stakeholders for heeding the call of the AU Peace and Security Council to adhere to the September 2020 Agreement endorsed by all stakeholders as the most viable pathway to organize the elections as early as possible.
“AU reiterates the call for immediate return to dialogue and negotiation process. Mahamat reassures Somalia of the active support of the AU and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for this process,” the statement read.