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Somalia opening rehabilitation center for ex-militants in Kismayo

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somalia has opened a rehabilitation center for former Al-Shabaab combatants in the southern port city of Kismayo.

The United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) said in a statement on Thursday that the center which is the fourth to be established in the Horn of Africa nation is part of Somalia’s National Programme for the Treatment and Handling of Disengaged Combatants.

Director of the UNSOM Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group, Staffan Tillander said the establishment of the center will go a long way towards countering violent extremism by spurring development in the region.

"Without peace, there won’t be any development, and this center will help in preventing violent extremism.

"It will support a much broader programme, supported by Germany, Japan and others," Tillander said.

UNSOM and development partners have supported the establishment of similar transition centers in Baidoa, Belet Weyne and Mogadishu.

Besides providing vocational training, the centers also offer psychological counseling to ex-combatants to facilitate their reintegration into local communities.

The construction of the center was funded by the German government with support from the UNSOM, Somalia government and development partners.

Deputy German Ambassador to Somalia, Markus Bollmohr said the opening of the center was part of a comprehensive approach to security focusing not only on hard security measures such as a strong police and military force but also on the reconciliatory and rehabilitation aspects of security.


African Union to work with new Prime Minister to stabilize Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The African Union top envoy for Somalia vowed Thursday to work closely with the newly appointed Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Francisco Madeira said he has full confidence in Khaire who was sworn in on Wednesday in Mogadishu and immediately promised to enhance the fight against insecurity and corruption.

"The African Union and AMISOM in particular have full confidence in the new Prime Minister’s ability to deliver for the people of Somalia," Madeira said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

He said Khaire’s vast experience in humanitarian work and business will be a key asset for the new government.

Madeira reaffirmed AMISOM’s commitment to working closely with the new government as it embarks on the task of making Somalia a stable country with the capacity to provide for its people.

The AU envoy also commended the members of the Federal Parliament of Somalia for demonstrating their confidence in Khaire and thereby ensuring a speedy confirmation process.

The new PM who holds a dual Somali-Norwegian citizenship has now 30 days to form his new cabinet that will be tasked with transforming the Horn of Africa nation amid security, drought and corruption challenges.


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