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UNGA 2020: Somalia vows to 'work hard' to hold first democratic elections in half a century – The National

Somalia’s president has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to holding its first democratic elections in half a century.

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo said despite the challenges of Covid-19 the nation was “working hard” towards holding the elections.

The historic one-person-one-vote elections were due to be held later this year but are now expected to be hosted before February 2021 when the president’s term is due to end.

“Somalia is working with the UN to create a better future for Somalia and the world,” he said.

“Despite the challenges of Covid-19 we are still working hard to undertake inclusive national elections. We are firmly committed to instill a strong democracy.”

Mr Mohamed said the country was also “successfully defeating the menace” of terrorism with its army and international partners to make the world a “safer place”.

He has called on the UN to work together to confront the coronavirus pandemic and said Somalia had suffered many job losses as a result of the pandemic.

“We must as a community of nations reaffirm our commitment to confronting Covid-19 by multilateral actions,” he said.

“Across the world economies have been affected by Covid-19. You can all appreciate this is a large task for a recovering post conflict state like Somalia.

“Our government’s economic policy has been to put our people first with tax relief. Now we are hoping the worst is behind us. We are starting to open our economy to ensure normal life can return for our people.”

Earlier this year the UAE sent crucial medical supplies to Somalia to help support the countries’ healthcare workers in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Updated: September 25, 2020 03:34 AM

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