Congratulating New President of Somalia, Secretary-General Stresses Imperative Need to Tackle Drought-Driven Humanitarian Situation, Avert Famine

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9 February 2017

Congratulating New President of Somalia, Secretary-General Stresses Imperative Need to Tackle Drought-Driven Humanitarian Situation, Avert Famine

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General congratulates Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” upon his election as Federal President of Somalia today.  He commends AMISOM [African Union Mission in Somalia] and the Somali security forces for ensuring a secure environment during the poll.

The Secretary-General expresses the hope that President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” will move expeditiously to form an inclusive Cabinet.  The new Government and federal member states should together tackle urgent national priorities immediately, including finalizing the constitution and establishing effective national security forces.  The current humanitarian situation created by the drought and the imperative of averting a famine should, however, be at the top of the agenda.  The United Nations stands ready to support the Government in this regard.

The Secretary-General also expresses his appreciation to international partners, including the African Union, the European Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the League of Arab States and donor countries for their vital support to the electoral process and continuing humanitarian assistance.

The Secretary-General commends former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke for the work of the Federal Government of Somalia during their terms of office and for facilitating a smooth handover to the new President and his Government.

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