NEW YORK, 24th November, 2015 (WAM) — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has announced the appointment of Michael Keating of the United Kingdom as his new Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia.

Keating will assume his duties towards the end of the year, replacing Nicholas Kay, also of the United Kingdom.

The UN Secretary-General commended Kay’s dedication, courage and excellent leadership of UNSOM over the past two and a half years, adding that it was a critical period for Somalia’s political transformation.