US diplomat succeeds ousted UN envoy for Somalia

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A former US to who also served as Washington’s to the Democratic Republic of was named Thursday to be the next to Somalia, replacing an who was expelled four months ago.

will replace Nicholas Haysom, who was declared persona non grata by in January after he raised human rights concerns.

Haysom, a South African lawyer and experienced diplomat, was told to leave after he questioned the government’s decision to arrest an defector who was running for elected office.

He served in the post for three months.

UN announced Swan’s appointment, saying he was an “with a long international career.” Haq said he was expected to take up the post as soon as possible.

Swan was US to the DR from 2013 to 2016, US for from 2011 to 2013 and US to from 2008 to 2011. He also served as US deputy assistant secretary of state for

The is seeking to shore up stability in Somalia, where al-Qaeda-linked fighters have been fighting for a decade to topple the government.

Last week a former Somali was among five people killed in a car bombing in the capital that was claimed by Shabaab.

AFP