Somalia has kicked out the country’s top United Nations official in a decision likely to harm relations with foreign powers backing government attempts to restore stability after decades of turmoil. The government accused Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General, of interfering with internal affairs.
Haysom raised questions in a Dec. 30 letter about the involvement of U.N.-supported Somali security forces in the arrest of a former militant of the Islamist al Shabaab group who was blocked from running in a recent regional election. The foreign affairs ministry said Haysom is not required and cannot work in Somalia.
There was no immediate comment from the U.N. mission which also supports an African Union peacekeeping force fighting al Shabaab.