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African Union appoints ex-Ghana president as a special envoy for Somalia

Addis Abba (SD) – African Union Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat has appointed former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama as his special envoy to mediate the election crisis in Somalia.

“The Chairperson of the Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, is pleased to announce the appointment of H.E John Dramani Mahama, former President of the Republic of Ghana, as his High Representative to Somalia. As the High Representative for Somalia’s political track. President Mahama will work with the Somali stakeholders, to reach a mutually acceptable compromise towards an all-encompassing resolution for the holding of Somali elections in the shortest possible time. In fulfilling his mandate, the High Representative will be supported by AMISOM, to ensure that the mediation efforts and the peace support operation work together seamlessly.” Moussa Faki Mahamat said in a statement.

Moussa Faki Mahamat called on Somali political stakeholders to engage in honest dialogue and put the interests and well-being of the Somali people above all else, in search of a comprehensive solution to the electoral crisis.

“The Chairperson of the Commission calls on the Somali stakeholders to negotiate in good faith, and to put the interests of Somalia and the well-being of the Somali people above all else in the search for an inclusive settlement to the electoral crisis. This should usher in 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. The Chairperson of the Commission also encourages all the Somali stakeholders and the international community to extend every support to the High Representative, who will arrive the country in the coming days.” Moussa Faki Mahamat said in a statement.

John Dramani Mahama, born 29 November 1958, was President of Ghana from July 24, 2012 to January 7, 2017. He previously served as the Vice President of Ghana, from January 2009 to July 2012.

The envoy’s appointment follows a request by President Farmajo to DR Congo President and African Union Commissioner Félix Tshisekedi to mediate between the Somali parties.

The appointment comes as Prime Minister Roble convenes a May 20 meeting of state leaders, and it is unclear what role the new envoy will play.

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