Ambassador James Swan issues new statement on Somalia’s election process

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In a briefing to the Security Council in New York today, United Nations Envoy to Somalia James Swan welcomed Somalia’s progress in the electoral process.

He noted that 130 of the 275 seats in the House of Representatives have been filled so far, and called for the election of the remaining seats to be expedited.

UN Envoy James Swan said Somali leaders need to redouble their efforts to achieve the 30% quota for women in parliamentary elections, and to ensure that women’s representation in parliament continues to grow.

In his remarks, the envoy urged Somali leaders to put aside their differences, work for the good of all Somalis, conclude credible elections, and focus on national priorities such as security, state-building and development.

UN Special Representative James Swan told the Security Council today that Somalia is facing a severe drought that could result in a humanitarian catastrophe, noting the need to increase emergency assistance to the Somali people and support the communities impacted to receive life-saving assistance.

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