Somalia: Somalia inaugurates new President in historic power transition

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia inaugurated its ninth President in a historic transition on Wednesday, setting a new pace for the fledgling government which has been fighting extremists to restore peace and stability in a country affected by years of civil conflict.

Somalia’s newly-elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo, was inaugurated at a ceremony attended by East African regional leaders and representatives of foreign governments.

President Mohamed emerged victorious after two rounds of voting in Parliament, defeating the incumbent, who emerged the winner of the first round of elections.

“A hearty congratulation to you on your election as the ninth President of Somalia,” said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Your election and the peaceful transition have made our region very proud. I appreciate former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who enabled the peaceful transfer of power.”

President Mohamed “Farmajo” pledged to focus on security, peace and reconciliation. He also pledged to deal with the migration of Somalis to other foreign nations in his inaugural speech.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Djibouti President Omer Guelleh and the Kenyan President.

President Kenyatta said Nairobi looked forward to further cooperation with the new Somali administration to combat transnational crimes including dealing with terrorism.

“There is no doubt Somalia has turned the corner,” Kenyatta remarked.

The new Somali President, a former Prime Minister who was forced out following the signing of the so-called Kampala accord on the political transition in Somalia, is largely praised for managing the country’s security affairs, leading to the government’s biggest victory against the Al Shabaab.

During his tenure, the Somali government successfully battled the Al Shabaab and dislodged the militants from, Mogadishu, the capital.

During the campaigns for the President, Farmajo pledged to negotiate with the Al Shabaab, but vowed war if the group was unwilling to negotiate with the government.

“You assume office as we face a fragile situation, marked by a drought in our countries and the foreign interests who threaten our region through transnational crimes and terrorism. We pray that we work together with us towards the realization of the goal of reconciliation and sustainable peace,” Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta said a stable Somalia would enhance regional stability in the Horn of Africa region.
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