UN, AU discuss delayed Somalia’s election and AMISOM future 

ATMIS which is multi-dimensional and under full Somalia control awaits the authorization of both the AU Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council before taking over task from AMISOM.

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UN, AU discuss delayed Somalia’s election and AMISOM future 

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The UN envoy for Somalia James Swan and AU’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Bankole Adeoye held talks on the ongoing election and AMISOM exit.

Swan and Bankole discussed the importance of Somalia's elections, the AMISOM transition, and strengthening the AU-UN partnership,” said the UN mission in Somalia [UNSOM] in a statement.

The meeting which took place in Mogadishu on Wednesday comes at a time when a new ATMIS mission is expected to begin in Somalia in April, as AMISOM's mandate ends on March 31st.

Bankole Adeoye has paid a three-day visit to Mogadishu, where he held talks with top Somali leaders, including President and PM on the situation on the ground and the upcoming AU transitional mission.

ATMIS which is multi-dimensional and under full Somalia control awaits the authorization of both the AU Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council before taking over the task from AMISOM.

On Tuesday, Adeoye said ATMIS will have a mobile and agile force that can rapidly degrade, eliminate and decimate Al-Shabaab after AMISOM failed the defeat the terror group in Somalia for 15 years.

Swan told Adeoye that Somalia is now at a critical juncture as it is electing new parliament in an indirect election that is marred by fraud and manipulation from Villa Somalia and leaders of the Federal States.

The election is more than a year behind schedule, with voting for the lower house of parliament missing the last deadline - Friday 25 with more than 100 seats still pending. The US slapped leaders with visa restrictions.

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