AMISOM vows to help Somalia conduct successful elections

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has vowed to help Somalia hold successful elections as scheduled in September and October, and has called upon the international community to support this.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Francisco Madeira, said a successful electoral process will not only be a victory for Somalia but also the pan-African body and the international community.

Madeira, who is also the head of AMISOM, said that the political progress in Somalia was proof of what can be achieved through cooperation among members of the international community.

Somalia is preparing to hold indirect elections in September and October which will culminate in the election of a new president who will lead the country in the next four years.

The country has been devastated by a long insurgency waged by al-Shabaab islamists terror group, hindering major aspects of the nation.