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John Mahama withdraws as African Union Envoy to Somalia

Mogadishu (SD) – Former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has withdrawn as the African Union’s special envoy to Somalia.

In a letter to the chairperson of the African Union, Mahama said the importance of the task at hand needed the full support and co-operation of all Somali political parties.

“The high political importance of the proposed assignment requires that the High Representative enjoy the unalloyed support and co-operation of all political stakeholders.” Said Mahama.

The move comes after the Somali government opposed his appointment amid growing suspicions that he has close ties to the Kenyan government.

In a letter to the African Union, the Federal Government also said there was no need for an AU envoy as the controversial extension had been withdrawn.

Recognizing that he could not work in Somalia, Mahama said in a statement that the lack of support from the Somali federal government could jeopardize his role in resolving the Somali conflict.

The AU may not nominate yet another envoy if the Saturday’s conference in Mogadishu between FG and regional leaders succeeds, according to Somali political analysts.

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