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A UN report on freedom of expression in Somalia has welcomed the country’s recent progress in making government more accountable and widening political space for Somali citizens to air their views.
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia Michael Keating has vowed to press for the full participation of Somali women in the 2016 electoral process during a meeting today with prominent women leaders headed by Federal Minister of Women and Human Right
Preparations for the 2016 electoral process are picking up as Somalia prepares to choose parliamentary representatives, in an exercise that will culminate in a presidential poll in late October.
As a visitor enters the port city of Kismaayo, he is greeted by an imposing monument bearing the words ‘Kismaayo waa nabad’, which means ‘Kismaayo is peaceful’ in Somali.
Somali women have launched an ‘All Women’s Campaign’ in a national effort to achieve a 30 per cent quota of seats in both houses of the country’s next federal parliament.
Supporters hold a campaign poster for Maxamed Salaad Nuunow, an aspirant for the Federal Lower House of Parliament, on 21 September2016, in Kismaayo. UN Photo
A supporter holds a campaign poster for Subeyda Maxamed Malak Mukhtar, an aspirant for the Federal Lower House of Parliament, on 21 September 2016, in Baidoa. UN Photo
The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Somalia, Peter de Clercq (middle), the UNOCHA Head of Office for Somalia, Justin Brady (right), and the FAO Head of Programmes, Rudi Van Aaken (left), attend a media briefing to launch the latest Food Security and Nutrition Situation Update for Somalia, on 20 September 2016 in Mogadishu. UN Photo
The United Nations is appealing for humanitarian assistance for five million people in Somalia facing hunger caused by acute food shortages.
A boy dribbles a ball at Lido beach in Mogadishu, Somalia