UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to dis­cuss So­ma­lia af­ter en­voy's ouster

Observer on Saturday - - News -

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil is due to dis­cuss So­ma­lia days af­ter the coun­try an­nounced it was ex­pelling aUNen­voy­who­raisedques­tion­s­about the ar­rest of an ex­trem­ist group de­fec­tor-turned-po­lit­i­cal can­di­date.

Thurs­day's meet­ing is a reg­u­larly sched­uled dis­cus­sion of the Horn of Africa na­tion, where the UN and the African Union have a joint peace­keep­ing force. But the dis­cus­sion may get ad­di­tional fo­cus af­ter So­ma­lia or­dered Ni­cholas Haysom to leave.

Haysom, who is ex­pected to brief the coun­cil, ques­tioned the le­gal ba­sis of last month's ar­rest of Mukhtar Robow. He­wasadeputyleaderoftheal-Shabaab Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group but de­fected in 2017. When ar­rested, Robow was alead­ing­can­di­date­foraSo­ma­lire­gional pres­i­dency. The elec­tion was days later.

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