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UN keen on supporting Somalia’s 2020 elections-official

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UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman and Prime Minister Hassan Khaire during a meeting in Mogadishu August 24, 2017. Photo: Villa Somalia

The UN has pledged to support Somalia realize free and fair elections in 2020 in addition to ensuring the successful completion of the Constitutional Review Process.

During a meeting with Prime Minister Hassan Khaire and separately with President Mohamed Farmaajo, UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said Somalia had registered significant progress in the recovery process and that the UN would continue its support especially towards the 2020 elections.

“The United Nations is working with Somalia on the issue of ensuring free and fair elections in the year 2020. We are also supporting in the review of the constitution, federalization and facilitating full support from the international community,” said Feltman.

Prime Minister Hassan Khaire said his administration was investing in the political and security sectors in enhancing the recovery process. “Somalia is making great progress in terms of the political process and security towards a good future that will lead to full recovery. We will also ensure the supremacy of the rule of law.”

The UN official also held talks with leadership of both the Senate and Lower House. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia Michael Keating also attended the meetings.