Somalia elected UN General Assembly vice president

Somalia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Abukar Osman/ COURTESY

Somalia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Abukar Osman was on Monday elected as vice-president of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.

Abukar’s election is a major diplomatic scoop for the Horn of Africa nation recovering from years of armed conflict, terrorism and lawlessness.

Somalia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Amb Ahmed Awad said Abukar will preside over important affairs at the UN, which is “a testimony to the success of Somalia’s Foreign Policy”.

Somalia will deputise its ally, Turkey, which has been a key partner in its rebuilding.

Somalia succeeds who served as the 74th United Nations General Assembly vice-president in 2019-20

Somalia held the same position three times in the past in 1963-64, 1979-80 and 1986-87. 1963-64 under Hassan N. Elmi, Abdirizak H. Hussien/ Ahmed M. Aden”Qaybe and Abdullahi S. Osman respectively.

“Congratulations to the Somali government and people! Also, i would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the brotherly people and country of Turkey @volkan_bozkir and you have our full support @ unga75, we are looking forward to working with you,” Abukar tweeted.

The General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policy-making and representative organ of the United Nations.

The Assembly is empowered to make recommendations to States on international issues within its competence.

Among its key functions are; consider and approve the UN budget and establish the financial assessments of member states; Elect the non-permanent members of the Security Council and the members of other United Nations councils and organs and, on the recommendation of the Security Council, appoint the Secretary-General; Consider and make recommendations on the general principles of cooperation for maintaining international peace and security, including disarmament; Discuss any question relating to international peace and security and, except where a dispute or situation is currently being discussed by the Security Council, make recommendations on it.

This comes shortly after Kenya won the UNSC non-permanent seat against Djibouti, whom Somalia had publicly endorsed. This is despite Kenya being African Union’s sole endorsed candidate.

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