The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Friday pledged to work closely with the local authority in Mogadishu to secure the restive city which has faced increased terror attacks from al-Shabab.

Francisco Madeira, head of AMISOM, said he will work with the new Mayor of Mogadishu and Governor of Banadir Region, Omar Mohamud Mohamed, to ensure the mayor’s vision of a more secure and peaceful Mogadishu is realized.

Madeira, who met the new mayor, said they discussed the issue of the upcoming 2020/2021 elections and the need to ensure that this election is secure and takes place in a free, fair and stable environment.

“We discussed how we can work together in the context of the established Somalia election security taskforce,” he said in a statement issued after the meeting in Mogadishu.

Somalia, with the help of AMISOM and the United Nations, is making preparations for the universal-suffrage elections, the first of its kind since the outbreak more than two decades ago of a civil war that followed the collapse of the Somali government in 1992.

Analysts describe the elections as a milestone in the rebuilding of Somalia. Enditem

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