The government of Somalia has asked the African Union (AU) to withdraw former Ghanaian leader John Mahama as its special envoy to mediate in the political crisis in their country.
In announcing Mr Mahama’s appointment, the AU Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said in a statement that “As the High Representative for Somalia’s political track. President Mahama will work with the Somali stakeholders, to reach a mutually acceptable compromise towards an all-encompassing resolution for the holding of Somali elections in the shortest time possible.
“In fulfilling his mandate, the High Representative will be supported by AMISOM, to ensure that the mediation efforts and the peace support operation work together seamlessly.”
But the Government of Somalia in a statement said “I hereby notify the African Union of the formal withdrawal of support by the Federal Government of Somalia for the AU High Representative of Somalia.”
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