Somalia: UN envoy calls on new prime minister to form government


The United Nations envoy for Somalia called on the country’s new Prime Minister, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, to form his government and move forward on meeting the challenges in the strife-torn Horn of Africa nation.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Mohamed and encourage him to form his government so that he can gain momentum in completing the critical tasks ahead during this transitional period,” Augustine P. Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said in a news release issued after the new leader was confirmed.

Mahiga also acknowledged the support and close collaboration of the international community, the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in supporting and encouraging the cohesion and coherence within the Somali transitional institutions, UN News Service reprts.

Mohamed was named to the position by Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed two weeks ago, following the resignation in September of Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke.

The country, which has been torn apart by decades of conflict and factional strife, more recently with al-Shabaab Islamic militants, has not had a functioning central government since 1991. It also faces a dire humanitarian crisis in which 3.2 million people, more than 40 per cent of the population, is in need of aid.