On Wednesday 11th May 2016, the African Union announced the extension of the mandate of its AMISOM mission in Somalia to May 3, 2017.
The decision made public means that the AU 22,000 strong peacekeeping force set to combat Al-Shabaab will remain in the war-torn country for at least another 12 months (one year).
The AU reached to the decision during the recently concluded 595th meeting of its peace and Security Council.
AU, a continental body has called on the European Union (EU) to continue supporting AMISOM mission and now as the country heads to the elections.
Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda have also been urged to honour their pledge to deploy air assets for AMISOM.
European Union which provides financial resources to covers troops allowances has committed Sh 7.9 billion Euros to cover remuneration payments for the next five months of this year.