The African Union (AU) has named former president, John Mahama as its High Representative to Somalia – to try and resolve the dire political crisis in the country. In a statement today, the AU said Mahama will ensure there is “a mutually acceptable compromise towards an all-encompassing resolution for the holding of Somali elections in the shortest possible time.” Tension in Somalia has heightened in recent weeks, following a resolution to extend the term of incumbent president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed by two years.
Mr. Maham, previously served as Vice President of Ghana from January 2009 to July 2012 and took office as president on 24 July 2012 following the death of his predecessor, John Evans Atta Mills.
He subsequently won the 2016 election and continued to serve as President till January 7, 2017.
The former President also served a one-year term as Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in 2014.
Below is the full statement:
Source: DW Africa