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(August 8, 2019 – Djibouti) A delegation of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) led by the Special Envoy for Somalia Amb. Dr Mohamed Ali Guyo arrived in Kismayu on Sunday 4th August 2019; as part of concerted efforts by international partners to foster a peaceful and credible electoral process in Jubaland. 

The mission held discussions with a range of stakeholders including: Presidential Candidates (registered and unregistered), the Speaker and Deputy Speakers of the Jubaland Parliament, Federal Members of Parliament and Senators from Jubaland, the Jubaland Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Clan Elders and Civil Society Organizations.

IGAD notes that the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Jubaland are critical and will mark yet another milestone in Somalia’s journey towards the consolidation of state-building and good governance that will strengthen peace, security, stability, economic development and prosperity.

IGAD continues to emphasize the need for free, fair, credible, transparent and peaceful elections consistent with the Provisional Constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Constitution of the State of Jubaland. In a bid to achieve this, we have provided advice for consideration.

IGAD calls upon the leadership and the people of Jubaland to maintain harmonious co-existence of all communities taking into consideration the cosmopolitan character of Jubaland. We urge that any divergence of opinion or misunderstanding be mitigated through dialogue.

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4th April 2019 Nairobi, Kenya: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today established the Taskforce on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden during the meeting of the IGAD Committee of Ambassadors.

The establishment of the the Task Force was in line with the decision of the 46th Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers which was held in Djibouti on 27th February 2019. The Task Force is expcted to study, review and advise on the conclusions and recommendations of the Council and urgently chart a regional plan of action with clear timelines. Further, the Task Force will build a common position and strategy to respond to the challenges and opportunities in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden arena.

The Task Force will coordinate its efforts with the African Union Commission in line with the decision of the Council.


Mogadishu, Somalia - 8 January 2019: The IGAD Special Envoy for Somalia, Dr. Mohamed Ali Guyo congratulates H.E. Said Abdullahi Deni upon his election today as the President of Puntland. Dr. Guyo also commends the Government of Puntland, Federal Government, regional parliament, traditional elders and all other stakeholders for the orderly, peaceful and transparent conduct of the elections.

 The Special Envoy applauds outgoing President, H.E. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, for his service to the regional State and indeed the whole of Somalia. He also commended the outgoing President and all other candidates in the election for their political maturity and good statesmanship by gracefully accepting the outcome.

 The Special Envoy expressed confidence that the President-elect will advance inclusive politics, peace and stability, economic development and consolidation of democracy in Puntland and beyond.

 He also appealed to the President-elect and all leaders of Somalia “to work together in uniting the country in the spirit of reconciliation and dialogue to help address political and socio-economic challenges facing the country”.

 The Special Envoy reaffirmed IGAD’s commitment to work with the incoming administration and build on the existing cooperation with the regional state for the benefit of the people in Puntland and Somalia.

Dr. Mohamed Ali Guyo

IGAD Special Envoy for Somalia


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