In this week’s Monitor we focus on the 27 May election and state-building agreement in Somalia. The agreement has the potential to bring months of tension and confrontations in Somalia to an end, provided it is implemented by all the stakeholders.
Ambassador Mohamed Ali Guyo, the IGAD Special Envoy for Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Somalia and James Swan, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), who have both closely followed and supported the process, each offer their reflections on the importance of the agreement and its implications for Somalia. ACCORD has also invited the African Union and the European Union to contribute to this special edition, but it was unfortunately not possible for them in the time available.
Two Somali analysts and commentators, Yusuf Mussa and Abdi Aynte, provide the back story and analysis on the developments that led to the impasse, the dynamics that have led to the breakthrough, and key challenges for the months ahead.