A former US special representative to Somalia who also served as Washington’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was named Thursday to be the next United Nations envoy to Somalia, replacing an emissary who was expelled four months ago.
James Swan will replace Nicholas Haysom, who was declared persona non grata by Somalia’s government in January after he raised human rights concerns.
Haysom, a South African lawyer and experienced diplomat, was told to leave Somalia after he questioned the government’s decision to arrest an Al-Shabaab defector who was running for elected office.
He served in the post for three months.
The United Nations is seeking to shore up stability in Somalia, where al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab fighters have been fighting for a decade to topple the government..