Somali new prime minister’s Endorsement by Parliament has been welcome Special Envoy to Somalia, Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso and the Heads of Mission of the European Union Member States welcome the endorsement by the Federal Parliament of H.E. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as Prime Minister.

The EU calls for the swift formation of a broad-based Cabinet that should earn the confidence of the Somali people and its partners. Confidence will ultimately be earned by delivering against the priorities set out in Vision 2016.

In the past two years, progress has been made, but with only 20 months left before elections in 2016, the tasks ahead are formidable and will require strong commitment and accountable leadership.

We encourage all the political stakeholders to stand together to keep progress on track and to create a credible framework for the EU and other international partners to continue to support Somalia’s recovery and development.

The EU looks forward to cooperating with the new Government in a spirit of true partnership.