Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed congratulates new Somali president
ADDIS ABABA – In an attention-grabbing twist of affairs, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed backed newly elected Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who emerged victorious in a hard-fought presidential race.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who served as Somalia’s eighth president, rebounded from defeating incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who had been in energy for 5 years. He gained 214 votes towards 110 for Farmajo.
In Somalia, members of the decrease home and senators are answerable for electing the president of the nation as they’re the representatives of the folks. Already, Farmajo has admitted defeat and backed the brand new chief.
But on the regional bloc, it was Abiy Ahmed, a detailed Farmajo ally, who was the primary to again Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, including that Ethiopia will work carefully with the brand new administration to be certain that some many questions are resolved.
“I would like to congratulate former President Hassan Mohamud on his re-election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. I look forward to working closely with you on common bilateral and regional interests,” Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy stated. Ahmad.
For months, Ethiopia has been accused of working with Farmajo, together with even sending the Ethiopian National Defense Forces [ENDF] crack a whip on the opposition. Ethiopian troops reportedly took half in a crackdown on former Al-Shabaab deputy chief Mukhtar Robow.
The 2018 incident left no less than 11 folks lifeless and up to now Ethiopia has by no means apologized. Elsewhere, in Jubaland, Ethiopia can also be linked to the plot to oust native chief Ahmed Islam Mohamed Madobe, a fierce critic of outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.
In Ethiopia, Somali troops coaching in Eritrea are additionally linked by the UN to the bloodbath within the Tigray area of the nation. Mogadishu, nonetheless, vehemently denied the allegations.
Other overseas missions have additionally backed Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, with the UK main the pact. The UK now says it’ll work carefully with the newly elected chief to successfully cope with the menace from Al-Shabaab.
“Congratulations to Hassan Mohamud on his election as President of Somalia. The UK looks forward to continuing its outreach to help Somalia build stability, fight Al-Shabaab and support those affected by the devastating drought,” added Vicky Ford, UK Minister for Africa. .
Kate Foster, UK Ambassador to Somalia added: “Incredible efforts by the Parliamentary Electoral Commission and the management of each Houses and their groups to conclude the elections.
Mohamud inherits an ill-divided nation with fast challenges akin to the Al-Shabaab menace, drought and the resurgence of the clan militia, amongst different vices that undermine the nation’s progress and sustainability. However, it enjoys the complete help of members of the worldwide neighborhood.
“Somali democracy is fragile, limited and has its many flaws. Yet a strong tradition of revolt against authoritarian leadership, open and transparent voting, a smooth transfer of power – all reflect a strong civic commitment to democracy” , notes Rashid Abdi, analyst. on the affairs of the Horn of Africa.