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UN Security Council welcomes Somali agreement on prompt and peaceful elections

The Security Council welcomed the agreement reached on Thursday by the Somali federal government and the federal member states leaders on the implementation of the 17 September Electoral Model.

Middle East coordinator calls for new and timely Palestinian election date 

After the postponement of the Palestinian Legislative Council elections, originally scheduled for 22  May, a senior UN official in the region on Friday urged the authorities to set a new date for heading to the polls. 

Elections could pave way to Palestinian unity, advance peace: UN envoy

Expectations are high for the first Palestinian elections in 15 years, UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Thursday, urging international support for the process. 

Transparency must rule Iraqi elections, ‘loyalties cannot be for sale’, Security Council hears

A deadly rocket attack on Monday night in Erbil drew condemnation from the UN envoy in Iraq, who told the Security Council on Tuesday that “such reckless attempts to inflame tensions pose grave threats” to the country’s security. 

Uganda: UN chief calls for ‘inclusive, transparent and peaceful’ elections

The UN chief on Wednesday issued a call for an “inclusive, transparent and peaceful” election process across Uganda, a day ahead of the polls opening. 

News in Brief 8 January 2021

  • Rights chief Bachelet echoes condemnation of incitement in US Capitol chaos 
  • Mass displacement amid Central African Republic election violence 
  • Vietnam arrests of journalists ‘part of clampdown on freedom of expression’ 
  • UN’s global post-COVID poll: The long and short of what 1.5 million people want 
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News in Brief 5 January 2021

  • UNHCR relocates first Ethiopian refugees to new site in Sudan
  • UN appeals to spoilers in Central African Republic election to respect poll results
  • Mounting concern for Bosnia’s migrants left in freezing conditions
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News in Brief 28 December 2020

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migrant lives at ‘immediate risk’, warn UN agencies 
  • UN peacekeepers patrol polling stations during CAR elections 
  • World must prepare for the next pandemic, UN urges  
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Holding the line on free and fair elections in Central African Republic

Presidential elections are scheduled to take place in the Central African Republic this Sunday, despite violence that has threatened to disrupt the nationwide poll.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, one of top UN officials there, Denise Brown, describes what’s at stake, in her capacity as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and stressed that rumours of armed groups marching on the capital, were simply false.

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News in Brief 21 December 2020

  • Voters in Central African Republic will have their say 
  • Unitaid welcomes Norway’s $40 million donation for COVID-19 treatments, tests 
  • UNESCO still awaiting Azerbaijan’s response over Nagorno-Karabakh mission 
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