In a press release issued Friday evening, the 15 council members praised the country’s leaders for putting first “the stability, security and development of Somalia and the interests of the Somali people.”
the agreement, That would allow elections to take place within 60 daysThe results of the summit convened by Prime Minister Muhammad Hussain Rubel came after months of escalating tension between political factions in Somalia.
Members Security Council He welcomed the commitment to “conduct peaceful, transparent, inclusive and credible elections that respect the agreed minimum quota for women in Parliament, which is 30%.”
The Peace and Security Commission also encouraged Somali leaders to maintain this positive momentum so that the elections could be held as agreed. They also urged all parties to continue to engage openly and constructively so that any problems during the implementation phase can be resolved quickly, and they welcomed the agreement to establish a mechanism for the peaceful settlement of disputes to enable this.
Back from the edge of the abyss
Under the September 17 electoral model agreed upon in 2020 between the federal government and leaders of federal member states, verified clan elders will elect a parliament, then elect a president. Parliamentary elections were scheduled to take place in December but postponed after that.
– The talks between the Somali Federal Government and the leaders of federal member states, which began last March, Unfortunately it collapsed in early April.
Then the House of Representatives of the Somali Parliament adopted a “special law”, abandoning the historic agreement and extending the powers of current office holders for a period of up to two more years.
Opposition to these moves led to the mobilization of militias and exposed divisions within the Somali security forces. Violent clashes On April 25th, risks a wider conflict.
Since then, Somalia has returned from the brink of this worst-case scenario. He said earlier this week James Swan, the UN Special Representative for Somalia, reminding the people of this assembly Reverse Its own law on May 1 came under severe pressure, which ultimately eased tensions.
General Secretary Embed a Tweet Welcomes the agreement reached on the implementation of the electoral model on September 17, and calls for the expeditious establishment of credible electoral management bodies at the federal and state levels to conduct the process in Somalia. https://t.co/txW040M31b
– United Nations spokesperson (UN_Spokesperson) May 27, 2021
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres They also welcomed the latest agreement between Somali leadersHe urged all stakeholders to quickly implement the new agreement as “a decisive step towards holding a consensual and transparent electoral process without further delay.”
Support the United Nations mission
Council members commended the support provided by the United Nations Mission in Somalia.UNSOM) And the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
They expressed their full support for the two missions as the country prepares for elections, implements the roadmap outlined in the annex to the 27 May statement, and is working to achieve a Somali-led security transition, as required Security Council Resolution 2568.
Finally, the members of the Security Council reaffirmed their respect for the sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity and unity of Somalia.