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Somalia:Ugandan president, UN envoy discuss Somalia elections

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Laaska News  August  16, 2012

KAMPALA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said that Uganda is ready to support Somalia as the troubled Horn of African country nears an end to the transitional period that will see new leaders on Aug. 20.

A State House statement issued here on Wednesday said that Museveni was on Tuesday meeting visiting UN special representative on Somalia Augustine Mahiga who was in the country to brief him on the situation in Somalia as the Aug. 20 elections approach.

“The road to this has been bumpy with too many tasks to be accomplished. However it is good for the region to know that Somalia is heading for a new government,” Museveni said.

A Conflict Resolution Committee comprising 25 traditional clan elders will this week pick 275 members of a new parliament who will then choose a new president on Aug. 20.

According to a roadmap agreed by the country’s main political groupings in September 2011, the Transitional Federal Government’s term ends by Aug. 20, 2012.

Mahiga said that the election is going to be tough and competitive.

He said the African Union peacekeeping troops in Somalia are well prepared and adequately deployed in case of violence during the election of the president.

Uganda provides the bulk of AU peacekeeping troops in Somalia.

(Xinhua)

August 16, 2012