Somalia’s tenth President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who was elected eight days ago, took over the presidency from his predecessor Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo in a handover ceremony at the Villa Somalia (Presidential Palace) in Mogadishu.
The event was honored by the speakers and deputy speakers of Somalia’s bicameral parliament (lower and upper house), members of parliament and senators, ministers of the transitional government, representatives of civil servants and other invited guests.
In a brief In his speech, President Farmaajo said, he handed over several presidential files, including information on Somali troops in Eritrea.
“I have handed over information on 5,000 Somali cadets who have completed their training in Eritrea and are being repatriated by him to the new government” , he said.
“We postponed their repatriation last year due to the prevailing political situation,” he added to.
The soldiers will join the fight against the Al Shabaab militant group, which had been fueling its attacks during the elections.
Mohamud beat Farmaajo in the May 15 elections and received 214 votes to the latter’s 110 in the third ballot.
The new president is expected to deal with the al-Shabaab threat, the rebuilding of national institutions and economic reforms, and the birth of a new constitution that will enshrine the will define government’s roles, functions and procedures.
“We had done a lot of work on resource sharing, air traffic control, electoral law and similar legal and economic initiatives in the hope that your new government will continue to make improvements,” Farmaajo told his successor on Monday.
For his part, Mohamud described Farmaajo as a ‘Somali elder’ who could bring his wealth of experience to bear.
“I am sure that we will have President Farmaajo around and trust that we will benefit from consultation with him as the need arises,” the new Somalia President noted.
Mohamud made history the first Somali president to win a second term. His first presidency was from 2012 to 2017.
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