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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Somalia, James Swan, told the Security Council that the conclusion of Somalia’s electoral process last week was "a major milestone for the country," and urged Somali leaders "to move beyond the prolonged political contest to focus on urgent national priorities." UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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23 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia:
“The conclusion of Somalia’s electoral process last week is a major milestone for the country. The Presidential contest followed an unduly protracted and contentious process to choose members of the legislature. Once the Senators and Members of Parliament were sworn in on 14 April 2022, however, they moved quickly to elect the Speaker and two Deputy Speakers in each chamber of parliament and then prepare for the Presidential vote.”
4. Wide shot, Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia:
“Outgoing President Mohamed Abdillahi Mohamed Farmajo graciously conceded and congratulated and extended support to his successor. The new President was immediately sworn in and the outcome has been fully accepted.
As this Council has noted repeatedly, Madame President, it is past time for Somali leaders to move beyond the prolonged political contest to focus on urgent national priorities.”
6. Wide shot, Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Abukar Dahir Osman, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Somalia:
“With the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed, we continue our proud, long-standing tradition of peaceful transition of power in Africa. The newly elected president and the parliament now are prepared to continue to deepen federalism and reconciliation and to tackle the socio-economic, structural and political issues that millions of Somalis Somali women men and children face in their daily lives. Those tasks will not be easy, but we are confident in our partners support, especially in clearing the Somalis arrears, to allow us to move along a path towards completion of the debt relief process and access to the international financial institutions.”
8. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Somalia, James Swan, today (23 May) told the Security Council that the conclusion of Somalia’s electoral process last week was "a major milestone for the country," and urged Somali leaders "to move beyond the prolonged political contest to focus on urgent national priorities."

Swan said the Presidential contest “followed an unduly protracted and contentious process to choose members of the legislature.” However, he noted that once the Senators and Members of Parliament were sworn in on 14 April 2022, “they moved quickly to elect the Speaker and two Deputy Speakers in each chamber of parliament and then prepare for the Presidential vote.”

The Special Representative said outgoing President Mohamed Abdillahi Mohamed Farmajo had “graciously conceded and congratulated and extended support to his successor” and “the new President was immediately sworn in and the outcome has been fully accepted.”

In his address to the Council, Somali Ambassador Abukar Dahir Osman said, “with the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed, we continue our proud, long-standing tradition of peaceful transition of power in Africa. The newly elected president and the parliament now are prepared to continue to deepen federalism and reconciliation and to tackle the socio-economic, structural and political issues that millions of Somalis Somali women men and children face in their daily lives. Those tasks will not be easy, but we are confident in our partners support, especially in clearing the Somalis arrears, to allow us to move along a path towards completion of the debt relief process and access to the international financial institutions.”

The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to worsen following the failure of a fourth consecutive rainy season. The number of people affected by the drought has risen to 6.1 million, and the country faces a heightened risk of localized famine in six communities if food prices continue to rise and humanitarian assistance is not sustained.
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