Somalia: What are the challenges facing President Farmajo as he is inaugurated today?

Farmajo pledged to tackle threat of al-Shabaab violence, famine and corruption.


(IBTimes) — Elected on 8 February in a landmark vote in Somalia, President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed will be inaugurated today (22 February) in the capital, Mogadishu.

Farmajo will be the ninth president of Somalia since independence and the international community hopes his time in office will mark the start of a new era of stability in the war-torn nation.

During his electoral campaign, the former prime minister promised to fight emboldened Islamist terror group al-Shabaab, widespread corruption, and improve the daily life of Somalis amid a mostly man-made famine. The task ahead is immense.

Sunday’s suicide bombing in Mogadishu, which left 39 people dead and around 50 others injured, was a stark reminder of the number-one priority to restore security across the country.

To achieve this, Farmajo told representatives of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) he has given himself two years to eradicate al-Shabaab.

The group has been waging war against high-level government and civilian targets for more than six years in Somalia and neighbouring countries including Kenyaand Ethiopia, where Farmajo reportedly sent emissaries to reaffirm Somalia’s intention to work together to eradicate terrorism.