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Rawlings to aid Somalia

Sunday January 30 2011

By EVELYN LIRRI in Addis Ababa

Former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings has been named the African Union’s high representative to war-torn Somalia.

Mr Rawlings’ appointment was announced by AU Commission chairman Jean Ping on the sidelines of the summit in Addis Ababa.

His brief will be to enhance the international community’s efforts to bring peace to lawless Somalia, which has been without a functioning government since 1991.

The AU and the United Nations secretary-general, Mr Ban Ki-moon, are due to convene a meeting on Monday to discuss the ongoing conflict in Somalia.

Mr Rawlings served in the Ghanaian military for over a decade and was twice elected president.