The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the conclusion of the Somalia electoral process that ended with the election of President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo”.
A dual U.S. Somali citizen , the new president was elected earlier this week by lawmakers, ousting incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud after two rounds of voting, marred by complaints of corruption, vote buying with allegations of tens of thousands of dollars changing hands. However, the Security Council welcomed the swift and gracious transfer of power in a regional prone to instability.
The victory for the former prime minister is seen as a small step forward in a country still at war with a militant Al- Shabaab insurgency. The Security Council adopted a Presidential Statement welcoming the conclusion of the process.
“The Security Council welcomes the political and security progress in Somalia since 2012, and underscores the need to maintain the momentum towards democratic governance in Somalia. The Security Council commends the increased participation and representation of the people of Somalia in the electoral process. The Council emphasizes the importance of governing in a spirit of national unity in an inclusive manner and of adhering to the political road map in order to reach one-person, one-vote elections in four years time,” said Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko.
The Council lauded the role of the UN, the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the peacekeeping force AMISOM in enabling the electoral process, that will also see the increased representation of women in both houses of parliament.