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On first Garowe visit, new UN Special Representative hails recent ‘one person, one vote’ district elections in Puntland

Sunday June 11, 2023


Garowe – Continuing her visits to the country’s Federal Member States, the recently-appointed top United Nations official for Somalia today visited Puntland where she met its leadership and hailed recent elections there.

“Today we’ve been discussing a number of topics, the most important of which was the very successful local elections held here in 30 districts on the 25th of May – I extended my congratulations as this is a major step forward in Puntland’s march towards democracy, and it also showcases a way forward for other parts of Somalia,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Catriona Laing.

“I hope the remaining three districts can complete their local elections, including here in Garowe,” she added.

The UN Special Representative made the remarks in a joint media encounter with Puntland’s President Said Abdullahi Deni, whom she had met earlier for discussions on a range of issues, along with members of his cabinet and advisors.