Somalia’s new president vows to tackle insecurity, corruption

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Somalia’s new president pledged to tackle the country’s problems with insecurity and corruption as he was sworn in on Wednesday.

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, otherwise known as “Farmajo”, took his oath of office during a ceremony held in Mogadishu, where he called upon the people of Somalia to help him overcome the country’s most pressing issues.

 

‘Please help me’

During the ceremony, which was attended by regional heads of state and dozens of diplomats, Farmajo explained that Somalia’s troubles can’t be fixed in a single term – but asked the people to help him in every way they can.

“The problems Somalia is going through have been building up for more than 20 years and to solve all of those problems may take more than another 20 years,” he said. “I would like to solve all those problems within the next four years I am in office but I can’t.”

“Please, help me to address the most essential and major issues, including security, drought, the rule of law, the implementation of justice and reconciliation, which I think my government can address within the next four years,” he continued.

 

Corruption highlighted

Somalia’s insecurity issues are so widely documented that other topics like corruption don’t get the kind of press coverage they should. After winning an election in which candidates are accused of paying out millions of dollars in return for votes, President Farmajo has vowed to make tackling corruption a priority.

“I will return the lost confidence between the government and the people, and I promise for the Somalis and the world that my government will change the perception that Somalia is a corrupt nation,” he said.

Farmajo was the surprise winner of the February 3 election, beating former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and more than 20 other candidates. His brief spell as prime minister between 2010 and 2011 was one of the countries best periods against militant group Al-Shabaab, gaining him a lot of popularity among the general public.

“My government will work on building a strong national army which will have regular payment, equipment and all the necessary mechanism to operate for the national security interest,” he also promised during the inauguration.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.