Somali writer and analyst Faysal Abdi Roble said Monday’s election of a little-known candidate as the next president of Somalia is a clear message that Somalis want to move forward from the days of corrupt and clan-dominated governments to a more effective leadership.
Somalia’s parliament Monday elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud defeating incumbent leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in a landslide.
Roble said the next challenge for the new president is to select a prime minister. He said Monday’s election was a mandate to show that Somalia is ready to move away from its past.
“I think it’s a strong mandate that the recently-seated Somali parliament sent to some of the politicians, who were involved in the election; that is, they wanted to divorce themselves and the country from the previous trend, which was accused of corruption and maladministration and disarticulation of the entire leadership. So, this was a mandate to show that they wanted a new vision, a new direction from the past,” he said.
Roble said this desire to move Somalia away from its past was also reflected in the wide margin by which Mohamud defeated Ahmed.
“As a matter of fact, he [outgoing president Ahmed] was a formidable candidate and, in the last two days, he realigned himself with the recently ousted speaker of parliament. And, it looks as if every other candidate, who was competing, seems to have instructed their supporters to go not to Sheikh Ahmed, but to Sheikh Hassan, who is the new president,” Roble said.