BRUSSELS (Sh.M.Network) — The European Union Monday congratulated Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on his election as the new President of Somalia.
“Today is a significant day in the history of Somalia. Eight years on from the establishment of Transitional Federal Institutions, the transition has ended with the election of the President by the new Federal Parliament,” said EU High Representative Catherine Ashton in a statement here tonight.
“The EU welcomes the prospects this occasion brings to Somalia for lasting peace, prosperity and stability to the millions of people who have suffered from a protracted conflict over the years,” she noted.
Ashton stressed that “the adoption of a new Provisional Constitution in particular marks the beginning of a new, democratic era in Somalia”.
She urged the Somali leadership to embark on this process, acting with integrity and in the interests of the Somali people.