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Somalia has suffered hopelessness and high insecurity for a long time. But the election of the new president has shone a light of some hope to the Horn of Africa country.
GIN – The election of the new Somalia President Mohamed A. Farmajo has brought with it new hopes of finally getting the long-awaited stability in the Horn of Africa country.
There was heavy security in and around the international airport where the election took place.
Farmajo’s win has been welcomed by many people in Somalia and is seen as a win for the majority. The many quarters benefiting from the status quo of Somalia, the hopelessness and high insecurity, will certainly have hard times ahead.
The 55-years-old Farmajo is largely credited for his efforts to fight corruption during his tenure as the country’s prime minister before throwing in the towel in 2011. After his resignation, hundreds of Somalis took to the streets demanding that he continues serving as their PM.
Farmajo relocated to the United States after his resignation.
In his first address, President Farmajo said his was a victory of the people of the entire Somalia and fully represented their interest. He also point out that his victory actually marked the beginning of the era of unity, democracy as well as the fight against corruption in the country which has not known peace for a long time now.
It has been reported that some of the new legislatures in the Somalia parliament act unprofessionally and, at times, arrive late. Many of them are accused of coming in through corrupt means.
These are the MPs who casted their votes to elect the new president. The whole process has, however, been credited as one of the most democratic in the country for a long time. The entire Somalia population did not participate due to fears of attacks from the al-Shabaab elements.
However, some critics from various quarters still hold the opinion that the presidential election itself did not instil confidence. The UN, the United States and the European Union among others released a joint statement that sounding a warning of “egregious cases of abuse of the electoral process” in the runner up to the election.
Additionally, Marqaati, a non-profit organization based in the country’s capital Mogadishu, alleged that some of the presidential candidates pocked some legislatures giving them up to $100,000 in order to vote for them.
Edited and contributed by Sam O. Abuya