PROFILE: Who is the New Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo?

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Thursday February 09, 2017 - 07:07:07 in Latest News by News Editor
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    PROFILE: Who is the New Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo?

    MOGADISHU- Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, 55, is Somali-American who has lived in Buffalo in New York, U.S where he worked as a State Transportation Department officer and his family still resides.

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Mr Farmaajo (centre) won the election after defeating outgoing President Mohamud (left).
MOGADISHU- Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, 55, is Somali-American who has lived in Buffalo in New York, U.S where he worked as a State Transportation Department officer and his family still resides.
He is not new to the politics. He has served as Prime Minister of the former Transitional Government of Somalia. But his term as Prime Minister ended in less than a year after severe disagreement and months of political infighting between him and then President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed (defeated in this Presidential Election) supported by then Speaker of Parliament Sharif Hassan. In June 2011, he resigned and later launched his own political party Tayo in the diaspora which attracted many of Somali communities living in U.S, Australia and Europe.
Mr Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (better known as Farmaajo) is seen as a nationalist and has already criticized the neighboring countries for election influence. Many Somalis in local and abroad see as reputable due to his administration’s performance on governance an ensuring the country’s military payroll during his brief tenure as Prime Minister.
During his election campaign he vowed to eradicate extremist groups as he promised that his government will wage a full scale war on Al-Shabab and Islamic State group.
In August 2012, Mr Farmaajo was among a dozen of candidates contested for Presidential Elections held in Mogadishu that year but he lost during the first round of voting giving the victory to Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the winner.
Critics say that Mr Mohamed lacked much experience to lead the top seat of the government and his views of nationalism could lead the country to be hostile to its neighboring countries, particular Ethiopia and Kenya- both are members of the African Union Peacekeeping mission known as AMISOM.
The new president is expected to pick his prime minister- probably from a different clan to balance the country’s power sharing formula whereby the President and the Prime Minister come from different clans.
The new president faces numerous challenges and one of the biggest is the threat posed by the extremist groups in the country as well rampant unemployment in a country where more than 70 percent of its people are under the age of 30.

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