New Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia, Nicholas Haysom has arrived today in the capital of Mogadishu.
Haysom and his delegates were warmly welcomed by UN staff members and government officials at Aden Adde airport in the capital Mogadishu.
South African Nicholas Haysom will replace Michael Keating of Britain.
Haysom, an international lawyer with a long career focusing on democratic governance, constitutional and electoral reforms, reconciliation and peace processes has previously served as special envoy to Afghanistan from 2014 to 2016 and also in UN office in Iraq from 2005 to 2017.
Last month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Nicholas Haysom of South Africa as his special representative for Somalia and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country.
Just like his predecessor, Haysom is taking charge of the UN in Somalia at a time the country is gearing for another election slated for 2020. Prior to that are two key state elections in South West set for November this year and Puntland January next year.