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UN Envoy congratulates new Prime Minister of Somalia on appointment
Mogadishu, 21 December 2013 – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, congratulates the new Prime Minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, on his appointment today following a vote in the country’s Federal Parliament.
“I congratulate the new Prime Minister,” said Mr. Kay. “HE Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed takes office as Somalia approaches 2014, which will be a pivotal year in Somalia’s progress towards peace and prosperity. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) will continue to support the Federal Government in its peace- and state-building efforts.”
Mr. Kay commented on the outgoing Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid’s commitment to the Provisional Federal Constitution and the constructive manner in which he has handed over his responsibilities to his successor.
“I understand Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed will consult widely in forming his new cabinet, and aim to establish a broadly inclusive government capable of delivering rule of law, good governance and public services,” he added.
Mr. Kay urged Parliament, the Government and the Presidency to continue to work constructively together in full respect of the Provisional Federal Constitution. He praised the responsible role being played by the Federal Parliament in this important phase of Somalia’s history.