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UN Special Representative for Somalia briefs Security Council on progress made in Somalia’s elections

NY (SD) – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, James Swan, briefing the Security Council yesterday, said progress had been made in Somali politics since his last meeting with the Security Council on May 27, at that time, the leaders of the Federal and Member States signed an agreement to implement the election.

Swan said Prime Minister Roble had shown leadership, holding regular consultations with regional administration leaders to implement the election agreement.

The Special Representative told the UN Security Council that elections for the Upper House seats had begun in the regional administrations.

Swan added that despite significant gains, security needs to be strengthened, which he said he was particularly concern in the country.

The UN Secretary- General’s Representative said there is also a need to ensure quotas for women, youth, and marginalized communities to be included in politics.

Swan reported to the Security Council yesterday that al-Shabaab remains a security threat to Somalia, and that the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has registered 708 civilians affected by the violence in Somalia this year. Of those, he said, 321 were killed and 387 were injured.
Adding that violence against women has increased and the humanitarian situation in the country is deteriorating.

James Swan concluded that the United Nations stands ready to continue to support Somalia, especially in the electoral process, so that the country can focus on security and its development goals.

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