Ex-President Mahama Quits as AU Envoy to Somalia

Former Ghanaian President John Mahama has quit his role as the African Union High Representative to Somalia, more than a week after Mogadishu rejected his deployment, citing bias. A statement posted on his website said the former Ghanaian leader feels "the high political importance of the proposed assignment requires that the High Representative enjoy the unalloyed support and cooperation of all political stakeholders." Mahama was appointed on May 8, 2021 to help Somalia's political leaders reach a decision on the much-delayed elections. But Somalia rejected him for having "extensive links" with Kenya. Somalia said the  AU cannot send a Kenyan ally  to facilitate talks on a political impasse partly engineered by those the Kenyan leadership has supported.

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John Dramani Mahama at a Chatham House forum on June 14, 2013.

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