UN Praises Somalia For Peaceful Political Transition

A UN special envoy has praised Somalia for its peaceful handover of power following yesterday’s inauguration of President Mohamed Abdullahi, also known as Farmaajo.

Speaking during the ceremony, Michael Keating the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General also praised the vital role played by the African Union Mission in Somalia, or AMISOM, and the Somali forces in protecting the political process and providing a secure environment throughout the elections.

According UN Radio, the UN, the African Union, the European Union, the African regional trade bloc IGAD and the League of Arab States pledged to support the new government.

Farmaajo, who was elected on February 8, promised to restore Somalia’s dignity and bring peace and reconciliation to the country.

In a speech punctuated by cheers and clapping, the new president also promised to tackle widespread insecurity, corruption, poverty and the looming humanitarian crisis that is devastating the country.

The new leader outlined his agenda for the next four years in which he will give priority to reconciliation and restoring institutions to give hope to the citizens