The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has committed to continue its support to Puntland administration, under newly inaugurated President, H.E Said Abdullahi Deni. The AU Special Representative for Somalia, Francisco Caetano Madeira, lauded the maturity with which the federal state held its presidential election. President Deni won the January 8 presidential vote, held in Puntland’s administrative capital Garowe.
“As you begin to deliver on your promises and duties to Puntland and Somalia, as a key partner of Somalia, AMISOM stands ready to support you and your administration in fulfilling your mandate,” Ambassador Madeira said, during President Deni’s inauguration ceremony on Saturday night. Puntland’s presidential vote followed similar elections held in the South West State on 19 December, 2018.
“Allow me to also extend my praises to the great people of Puntland for their role in what was a successful election, in particular the conduct in which they were carried out. The process was evident of democratic maturity in Puntland,” Ambassador Madeira noted, adding that AMISOM would continue working with Puntland forces to fight violent extremism and terrorism.
Amb. Madeira also commended Puntland Police Force for their role in the implementation of Operational Readiness Assessment (ORA) of Puntland State Police. The assessment was spearheaded by AMISOM and is aimed at gauging the preparedness of the Somali security forces, to take over security responsibilities from the AU Mission.