The inauguration of Hassan Sheikh Mohamed as Somalia’s 10th president on Thursday took place in a colorful ceremony that was attended by hundreds of people, including leaders from Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. In his inaugural speech, Mohamed warned that in addition to the danger posed by al-Shabaab, severe drought posed an immediate threat to the country.
The new president’s speech met with cheers and applause, promising to tackle the corruption, poverty, insecurity and humanitarian crisis that has ravaged Somalia in recent months. However, he warned that the continued lack of rain could have dire consequences for the country.
Somalia is in the grip of drought, Mohamed said, and there are fears that the drought will turn into a famine. The president said these droughts now occur almost every year, adding that there are many reasons for this, including climate change. He outlined his agenda for the next four years, saying he would prioritize reconciliation and restoration of institutions to give hope to citizens.
Mohamed, who previously served as president from 2012 to 2017, said that during his new term he will “ensure that the rule of law is maintained, the judiciary is strengthened, people’s confidence in government is restored and poverty is restored.” be dealt with.”
In addition, the new President thanked the international community for supporting the recently concluded electoral process. The process lasted more than a year due to political disputes that at one time Mohamed’s predecessor attempted to extend his mandate to 24 months.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Djibouti President Omar Guelleh and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also addressed the ceremony.
Abiy said that Somalia’s peaceful transfer of power is a milestone and a major step towards the goal of achieving one man one vote election.
Kenyatta said a stable Somalia is in Kenya’s interest, adding that his country is ready to open up business opportunities between the two countries.
Kenyatta said, “I look forward to working with you personally, to remove all barriers to trade, to open our borders, to establish air connectivity between our two countries, so that our people can come together. “
The most pressing issue for the region is drought, which has also severely affected Ethiopia and Kenya. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in search of food and water, and aid agencies have warned that an official declaration of famine may not be far off.