President Uhuru Kenyatta attended the inauguration of the new Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on Wednesday (22/02/17) and promised Kenya’s support to bring peace and stability in the country.
“We shall continue working with other AMISOM troops contributing countries as well as the international community to create an enabling environment for the reconstruction, development and sustainable peace in Somalia,” he said.
President Uhuru called on the African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the international community to give support to the new President and his administration.
“Our region is threatened by many external interests including foreign terrorist actors and agents. We also face the threat of transnational and cross border crimes,” he said.
The Head of State also lauded former President Hassan Sheikh Hassan for the peaceful elections and orderly transfer of power.
“The successful elections and peaceful transfer of power are a clear demonstration of the desire and ability of the people of Somalia to strengthen governance structures and build sustainable peace,” President Uhuru said.
According to AFP, Mogadishu was under a security lockdown with roads closed and commercial flights cancelled before the inauguration.
“All major roads and streets inside and outside the capital were closed down on Tuesday night, movement is restricted and only the vehicles of government officials are allowed to move.”
Farmajo was sworn in as Somalia’s new President on Wednesday (8/02/17).
Outgoing President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, whose administration faced public and Western criticism for corruption scandals, conceded defeat as it became clear he could not win in a third round of voting.
“History was made, we have taken this path to democracy, and now I want to congratulate Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo,” said Mohamud.
According to the Constitution of Somalia, the President of Somalia is the Head of State, and Prime Minister the Head of Government.
The Prime Minister is appointed by the President with Parliament’s approval.
The country has a bicameral legislature, which consists of the Senate (upper house) and the National Assembly of Somalia (lower house).
Together, they make up the Federal Parliament of Somalia.