Somalia's new president sworn into office
Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:12PM
We want Somalia free from piracy, terrorism and asylum seekers abroad. We want to create a united community so that Somalis and the neighbouring countries can live peacefull" Somali’s President Hassan Skeikh MohamudSomalia’s new President Hassan Skeikh Mohamud has been sworn into office, just four days after two bombs hit a hotel housing the newly elected president. "We want Somalia free from piracy, terrorism and asylum seekers abroad. We want to create a united community so that Somalis and the neighbouring countries can live peacefully," Reuters quoted Mohamud as saying on Sunday during his inauguration ceremony in a fortified hall in Mogadishu's police training camp. "Somalia has now turned a fresh page.... I promise (that) my government will deliver a new democratic beginning,” he added.
Earlier on Wednesday, two bombs exploded outside the main entrance of the Jazeera hotel in Mogadishu where Somali’s president was meeting Kenya's foreign minister.Al-Shabaab fighters have claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, Somali parliament members cast their ballots in a second round presidential run-off on September 10, which pitted the 56-year-old university lecturer Hassan Sheikh Mohamud against former President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. The weak Western-backed transitional government in Mogadishu has been battling al-Shabab fighters for the past five years and is propped up by a 12,000-strong African Union force from Uganda, Burundi, and Djibouti. The African nation is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world. MAM/JR