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Somalia urged to appoint new govt

2012-09-12 12:59

New York – The UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday welcomed the election of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud but said he must quickly appoint a government.

Ban congratulated Mohamud on his success in winning a vote by Somalia's new federal parliament and praised the "peaceful" process, the UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said in a statement.

"The secretary general encourages the new president to move expeditiously, to appoint an inclusive, accountable government that can begin the work of peace building in the country," the statement added.

About 20 000 African Union troops protect the government in Mogadishu, which is battling Islamist rebels as well as crippling political infighting inside the transitional parliament. Huge amounts of foreign aid also keep the government going.

An international summit on Somalia is to be held at the UN General Assembly's annual debate on September 26. Mohamud is expected to attend the meeting in New York.