Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

top
The African Union on Saturday named former Ghanaian president John Mahama its High Representative to Somalia to try and resolve a dire political crisis due to a dispute over delayed elections

Africa

AU banks on Ghana’s Mahama to ease Somalia tensions

Nairobi, Kenya, May 8 – The African Union on Saturday named former Ghanaian president John Mahama its High Representative to Somalia to try and resolve a dire political crisis due to a dispute over delayed elections.

Mahama’s aim would be “a mutually acceptable compromise towards an all-encompassing resolution for the holding of Somali elections in the shortest possible time,” the AU said in a statement.

The continental body’s chairman Moussa Faki urged Somali leaders to “negotiate in good faith… for an inclusive settlement to the electoral crisis”.

Somalia needs “a democratically elected government with the legitimacy and mandate to resolve the remaining outstanding political and constitutional issues that are posing a threat to the stability of the country and the region as a whole,” Faki added.

Mahama, a 62-year-old who led Ghana from 2012 to 2017, is expected in Somalia “in the coming days”.

The country’s political crisis has sharpened in recent weeks, following a resolution to extend the term of incumbent president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed by two years.

No election could be organised before Mohamed, widely known as Farmajo, reached the end of his term on February 8.

Both the Somali opposition and international players condemned the attempt to extend Mohamed’s presidency, and opposition fighters took up positions in the capital in late April — prompting a tense standoff with government troops.

Three were killed in fighting between the two sides when the opposition arrived last month, prompting tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Farmajo has since ordered Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble to set up elections as soon as possible and bring together the leaders of Somalia’s regional states later this month.

The deal was enough to secure the withdrawal of opposition fighters from the capital.

Comments
Advertisement

More on Capital News

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 29 – An “extraordinary and resilient” African elephant who defied all odds to give birth despite being shot five times by...

World

Fort Myers (United States) (AFP), Sep 28 – Hurricane Ian inundated cities, turned out the lights on millions of residents and left migrants from...

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 29 – Former National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi has described his nomination by President William Ruto as the Attorney General as...

World

The Hague (AFP), Sep 29 – Rwandan tycoon Felicien Kabuga played a crucial role in the 1994 genocide, prosecutors said Thursday as one of...

business

President Ruto said that the taxing structure should be equitable, efficient, and customer friendly arguing that the current “tax regime currently falls far short...

County News

Ngondi served as Deputy Speaker between 2013-2017 under the late Speaker Alex Magelo.

NATIONAL NEWS

Ruto said the government would top-up Sh1 for every Sh2 saved up to a maximum of Sh6,000 in annual savings.

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 29 – President William Ruto has directed Treasury to work with the various ministries to raise Sh300 billion in a bid...