AU Banks On Ghana's Mahama To Ease Somalia Tensions
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Sat 08th May 2021 | 02:58 PM
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
Nairobi (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th May, 2021 ) :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.
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.
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.