Ex-Ghanaian President Withdraws ‘Acceptance’ as AU Envoy to Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Ghana’s former president John Mahama has, in a letter to the African Union chair withdrawn his acceptance of the body’s appointment as its high representative for Somalia.

“The high political importance of the proposed assignment requires that the High Representative enjoy the unalloyed support and co-operation of all political stakeholders,” Mr Mahama said in a statement on Thursday.

John Mahama’s appointment was welcomed by Somalia’s opposition and some regional state leaders, who also criticized the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s government for rejecting the envoy since it had earlier urged the continental body to broker a deal aimed at ending the current political crisis in the war-torn nation.

Somalia’s international partners have, in a statement issued on Friday, expressed regret that Farmajo’s adminstration rejected the envoy and denied him permission to arrive in the capital Mogadishu.

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