The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa has commended Somalia for implementing the roadmap towards its first election this year since 1984.
In a communique issued in Mogadishu on Tuesday after the 28th Extra-Ordinary Summit of IGAD held for the first time in Somalia since its inception in 1986, the host nation was advised to “ensure a credible, transparent and inclusive electoral mechanism towards a peaceful and democratic transition”.
The Summit, chaired by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, was attended by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and representatives from Djibouti and Sudan.
Somalis were encouraged to participate in the electoral process while requesting the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to provide all necessary security during the process.
“We call upon AMISOM troops and the Somalia Security Forces to expand their operations, deal with evolving terror threats and immediately recover the remaining areas controlled by Al-Shabaab,” IGAD added.