Media Statement

09 February 2017

President Jacob Zuma congratulates the new President of the Federal Republic of Somalia

On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, H.E. President Jacob Zuma has congratulated President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of Somalia, following the Presidential Elections held on 8 February 2017.

President Zuma furthermore commended all other candidates who immediately accepted the results, thus showing commitment to democratic principles amid attacks by destabilising forces during the weeks preceding the elections. President Zuma further congratulated the people of Somalia for conducting a credible and fair election.

President Zuma expressed his commitment to continue working closely with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to enhance the bilateral relations between South Africa and Somalia.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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