AU appoints John Mahama as High Representative to Somalia.

Mr. John Mahama has been appointed as the High Representative to Somalia by the Chairperson of the AU Commission.

The African Union (AU) has appointed the former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama as its High Representative to Somalia. He was appointed to help mediate between stakeholders towards a mutually acceptable compromise for the holding of elections in the country.


The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat announced in a statement on Saturday (May 9, 2021). This statement disclosed that Mr. John Dramani Mahama will work with Somali stakeholders to reach a mutually acceptable compromise. The stakeholders have failed to agree on an electoral calendar and on who should manage the polls.


“In fulfilling his mandate, Mahama will be supported by the peacekeepers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) to ensure mediation efforts and the peace support operation work together seamlessly,” he said.

He also urged the Somali stakeholders to negotiate in good faith and to make the interests of Somalia and the well-being of the Somali people above all else in the search for an inclusive settlement to the electoral crisis.


“This should usher in a democratically elected government with the legitimacy and mandate to resolve the remaining outstanding political and constitutional issues that are posing a threat to the stability of the country and the region as a whole.” He said.

Knowing the Chairperson of Africa Union Commission,

H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat was born on 21st June 1961. He was elected as the AU Commission (AUC) chairperson on 30th January, 2017 and Assumed office on 14th March, 2017. He holds the record of getting the highest votes in the history of AU.

H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat

Knowing Mr. John Dramani Mahama,

Mr. John Dramani Mahama who is the former president of Ghana ruled from 24th July, 2012 to 2016 after the death of The Prof. Evans Fiifi Atta Mills. The late, Mr. Kwesi Amissah Arthur was his Vice president but Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo won the 2016 presidential elections to become the president. He was the Chairperson of the Economic Community Of West African States from 17th February, 2009 to 19th May, 2015. From 1998 to 2001, under the leadership of the late Jerry John Rawlings, he was the Minister of Communications. He also served the Borle as a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2009.

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