Mogadishu, 21 December 2013 – The Special Representative of the UN
Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, congratulates the new Prime
Minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, on his appointment today following a vote
in the country’s Federal Parliament.
“I congratulate the new Prime Minister,” said Mr. Kay. “HE Abdiweli Sheikh
Ahmed takes office as Somalia approaches 2014, which will be a pivotal
year in Somalia’s progress towards peace and prosperity. The United
Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) will continue to support the
Federal Government in its peace- and state-building efforts.”
Mr. Kay commented on the outgoing Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon
Saaid’s commitment to the Provisional Federal Constitution and the
constructive manner in which he has handed over his responsibilities to
“I understand Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed will consult widely in
forming his new cabinet, and aim to establish a broadly inclusive
government capable of delivering rule of law, good governance and public
services,” he added.
Mr. Kay urged Parliament, the Government and the Presidency to continue to
work constructively together in full respect of the Provisional Federal
Constitution. He praised the responsible role being played by the Federal
Parliament in this important phase of Somalia’s history.