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17 Nov 2016 description

JOWHAR, CADAADO, BAIDOA, 16 November 2016 –Voting continued in three Somali states today for representatives to the Lower House of parliament in a process which has so far been smooth and well run.

By the end of the day, Electoral College delegates in HirShabelle, Galmudug and Southwest state had voted in 17 new members of parliament.

08 Nov 2016 description

Kismaayo and Baidoa, 8 November 2016 - Voting for members of the lower house of Somalia’s Federal Parliament opened today in the capitals of Jubbaland and South West states.

Each state elected seven members of the House of the People – as the lower chamber of Parliament is officially known -- in an exercise that electoral officials, observers and electoral college delegates described as well organized and peaceful.

06 Nov 2016 description

Puntland has become the first regional state to start parliamentary elections for the Lower House.

Voting kicked off early today in Garowe, Puntland’s administrative capital, where 306 members of the Electoral College will elect members of the Lower House.

“Today’s process was smooth. We did not register any problems. We will continue with the elections tomorrow,” said Burhan IImi Hirsi, a member of the State-level Indirect Electoral Implementation Team.

27 Oct 2016 description

El Baraf, 27 October 2016 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Wednesday made an appeal to international partners and nongovernmental organizations to help provide potable water for residents of the liberated town of El Baraf.

El Baraf, a strategic town sits 150 kilometres from Mogadishu in the Middle Shabelle region.

25 Oct 2016 description

Calm has returned to southwestern town of Afgooye following last week’s attack on a police station.

Col. Ronald Bigirwa, the African Union Commander of Uganda’s battle group 18, headquartered in Arbiska, three kilometers from the southwestern town said the situation was stable and peaceful. He dismissed media reports that Al-Shabaab militants had overrun the town, after detonating a vehicle loaded with explosives at the police station.

24 Oct 2016 description

A second batch of AMISOM troops arrived today in Adaado, the capital of the Interim Galmudug Administration.

Receiving the troops at the airport, Galmudug Vice President, Mohamed Hashi, confirmed that they would provide security during ongoing elections for the Lower House which began yesterday.

“These (AMISOM) troops would be working with the Somali national army and the National Security and Intelligence Agency (NISA), in this region. They will provide security during the election in the areas where the elections would be taking place,” the Vice President said.

20 Oct 2016 description
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Mogadishu, 20 October 2016 – The United Nations, African Union Mission in Somalia, European Union (EU), Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom welcomed the successful conclusion of the state-formation process for the newly-formed HirShabelle Administration and congratulated President Ali Abdullahi Osoble and Vice President Ali Abdullahi Hussein as they take up their heavy responsibilities.

16 Oct 2016 description

Adaado, 16 October, 2016 – A delegation comprising top officials from the African Union (AU) and the Somali Federal Government last week visited Adaado, in Galmudug, to assess preparations for the electoral process.

10 Oct 2016 description

Nairobi, 10 August, 2016 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is set to commence the process of making amends to civilians who suffer harms as a direct result of its operations in the country.

The modalities for making such amends, which may include ex-gratia payments to innocent victims of AMISOM operations, should be completed within the next three months.

28 Sep 2016 description

Mogadishu, 27 September 2016 – The quiet Somali capital is now a hub of electoral activity as the country readies for a more inclusive electoral process that will demonstrate its commitment to democratic reforms. This year’s electoral process promises to be a competitive race, as dozens of local and diaspora Somalis enter the arena.

The biggest focus is on the presidential race, where incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke are also having a go at the presidency.

25 Sep 2016 description

Mogadishu, 25 September 2016 – The warring sub-clans of Dir and Hawiye have agreed to come up with an action plan on reconciliation and peace building following the signing of a ceasefire agreement mid this year.

The resolution was made at a two-day meeting, held in Mogadishu and organized by the Interim South West Administration (ISWA), with the support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

24 Sep 2016 description

Following a Pre-election Assessment Mission conducted by the African Union Commission (Department for Political Affairs), in July 2016, to identify the best form of technical assistance to support elections in Somalia, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) authorized the deployment of a short term Technical Electoral Support Mission to Somalia.

23 Sep 2016 description

Mogadishu, 22 September 2016 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has pledged support to Somali women in their quest for gender parity.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, encouraged women to aim higher and redouble their efforts in advocating for women’s greater participation in decision-making.

23 Sep 2016 description

Addis Ababa, 22 September 2016: On 21st September 2016, the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, on behalf of the African Union, signed with the European Union the fifteenth contract for financial support to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

08 Sep 2016 description

The Federal Government of Somalia concluded a two-day conference on Tuesday, aimed at coordinating stabilization efforts between itself, regional administrations and other key stakeholders.

The meeting was convened under the Wajadir Framework, which was launched in March 2016 and seeks to support reconciliation, civic dialogue and the establishment of local governance structures.

The framework also aims to harmonize all stabilization programmes in areas recently liberated from Al- Shabaab militants.

02 Sep 2016 description

Mogadishu 2, September 2016 – Countering the ongoing threat to life and security caused by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Somalia, will require additional resources from international partners as well as increased cordon and search operations and training for AMISOM and Somali security personnel on counter IEDs measures, according to military experts.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has made an appeal for technical expertise and equipment to help counter the use of IED’s which have become the weapon of choice of the militant group Al-Shabaab.

31 Aug 2016 description

Mogadishu, 30 August 2016 – The use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) by the insurgent militant group Al-Shabaab poses one of the deadliest threats to peace and security in Somalia, military experts at a seminar in the capital Mogadishu said Tuesday.

30 Aug 2016 description

Mogadishu, 29 August 2016 – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, on Monday urged international partners to increase their support to the Somali National Army (SNA), describing the fight against militant insurgency by Al-Shabaab as at a “critical stage.”

25 Aug 2016 description

Mogadishu, 23 August 2016 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has organized a one-day training workshop for civilian humanitarian actors from the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia to raise awareness on how to engage with partners in the delivery of aid within the country.

23 Aug 2016 description

AMISOM, SNA partnership key to securing Somali electoral process – Force Commander

Mogadishu, 22 August 2016 – Tighter collaboration between the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Armed Forces (SNA) will be key to securing the upcoming electoral process and countering Al-Shabaab, the regional body’s Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh said Monday.