PM Roble meets with ATMIS top commanders and AU Deputy Representative Fiona Lortan.
Outgoing Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has on Wednesday received at his office ATMIS top commanders and Deputy AU Representative Fiona Lortan. PM Roble thanked and commended them for their role in securing the country’s long protracted elections. ATMIS was given the full responsibility to take charge of the both the leadership of the two Houses and Presidential election that took place at Afisyoni tent in the heavily fortified Halane camp. Similarly, ATMIS was also incharge of the security of the Swearing in ceremony of the lawmakers of the bi-cameral parliament and subsequently the elections of the House leadership that happened at Afisyoni near Mogadishu's Aden Abdulle International Airport. Prime Minister Mohamed Roble had authorized the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) to take over the security of the hangar (tent) where the election of Lower House leadership took place. ATMIS had during those times imposed total lockdown in Halane camp to circumvent any security threat that might pose a challenge to both exercises. AMISOM changed its name to ATMIS after the UN voted unanimously and is expected within 33 months to hand over full security responsibilities to Somali security forces after the end of the mission. AMISOM now ATMIS was created in 2007 by the UN Security Council, the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) was tasked with fighting and combating with Al-Shabaab militants who were hell bent on overthrowing the foreign-backed central government of Somalia. The force successfully dislodged the terror outfit from the capital Mogadishu in 2011 and also retook several parts of the Horn of Africa Nation which has been torn apart by decades of civil war after the fall of the military regime of President Siyad Barre in 1991. ATMIS is set to exit Somalia latest by 2024 according to the plan of the new transitional mission.