Somalia inaugurates new president

Tight security in country's capital marks beginning of Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo's presidency

Somalia inaugurates new president

World Bulletin / News Desk

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was inaugurated as Somalia's new president amid tight security in the country's capital Mogadishu on Wednesday.

Regional leaders including Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh attended the inauguration ceremony at a former air force base located inside Adan Adde International airport.

"I will focus on building the capacity of the Somali national army and I will fight poverty, corruption and al-Shabaab -- which killed over 900 Somali people last year. I will restore the rule of law," Somalia's new president said.

"Al-Shabaab is a small terror group; we are 12 million. We can overcome al-Shabaab together," he added.

Regional leaders urged the international community to support Somalia’s new president and his government.

Kani Torun, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's special envoy at the ceremony, said the Turkish government was very proud of Somali's new administration.

"Since the Turkish mission was established in Somalia we gave our Somali brothers huge support to become a regional star again. The Turkish government has been with Somalia and will be forever," Torun said.


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