UN disappointed by three-year extension of Somalia’s transitional parliament

Augustine Mahiga, Special Representative for Somalia

4 February 2011 – The top United Nations official for Somalia voiced disappointment today at the transitional parliament’s extension of its mandate by three years beyond the August deadline by which it was to enact a new constitution and hold general elections in the war-torn country.

Somalia has not had a functioning central government for 20 years and has been riven by factional fighting, currently between the internationally recognized Transitional Federal Government (TFG), supported by a UN-backed African Union (AU) peacekeeping force, based in Mogadishu, the capital, and Al Shabaab and other Islamist groups, which control much of the country, especially in the south.

“This is a disappointing decision taken in haste without the required level of discussion and consultation on how to end the transition and on the next political dispensation after 20 August 2011,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, said in a statement.

“The Somali people deserve and expect to see change. It is the responsibility of the TFIs [transitional authorities] to implement this change in consultation with major entities representing the Somali people and key partners of the international community,” he added.




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