Somalia’s New President Survives Assassination Attempt

ZeeNews.com is reporting that Somalia’s newly elected president Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, who survived an assassination attempt two days after being elected, was inaugurated Sunday in Mogadishu.  Mohamoud, a teacher and activist, won the election last week against outgoing President Sheik Sharif Sheikh Ahmed by the legislative vote of 190 to 79.

Security at the inauguration was extremely tight around Mohamoud, who promised to be a democrat and to create “an effective justice system” that serves all Somalis.

Zee News reports, “I promise (that) my government will deliver a new democratic beginning,” he told a congregation at the Police Academy, the same venue where he was elected.

The UN-backed political process that resulted in Mohamoud’s election was condemned by Islamist militants who said it was manipulated by the West.

Al-Jazeera is reporting that Mohamoud has said that he is open to meeting with al-Shabab, who claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt that left eight people dead.

Read more about the inauguration on Zee News and hear President Mohamoud’s plans for Somalia in the video above courtesy of Al-Jazeera News.

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