Somalia: UN calls for end to ‘stand-off’ between federal, state authorities

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UN Special Representative for Somalia and head of the Assistance Mission UNSOM, Nicholas Haysom, has called for an end to a political “stand-off” between federal and state authorities in Somalia.

The UN representative says that ongoing tensions between the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the country’s state authorities risk undermining international and local efforts to end Somalia’s security and economic troubles.

Haysom also highlighted the importance of “credible and acceptable” presidential elections next month.

Calls for unity in Somalia

“What we’re facing is a quite serious political issue – the stand-off between the Federal Member States and the Federal Government may well paralyze our efforts to help Somalia get back on its feet,” Nicholas Haysom said at a joint press conference, alongside Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, President of South West State, and Francisco Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission.

“We’re exploring ways of bringing them together in the hope that Somalis can face down their problems together rather than going separately,” he added.

“We’re asking all of the relevant role-players to get together to find a solution and to make the necessary compromises so that they can work collaboratively rather than against each other.”

On November 17, Somalia’s South West State will hold presidential elections – the first of many local elections. Haysom expects the election to be “hotly contested” and feels it will set the standard for the elections that follow. Which is why he’s calling upon parties to accept the outcome of the polls and work toward building a stronger Somalia.

Featured image: “2018_10_03_New_SRSG-6” flickr photo by UNSomalia https://flickr.com/photos/unsom/30137957947 shared into the public domain using (PDM)

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.