WASHINGTON (Sh.M.Network) — The United States congratulates Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on winning the support of Parliament and becoming Somalia’s new president, the US State Department said on Monday evening.
The statement also congratulated the Somali people “for completing this momentous political transition.” “Today’s vote represents an important milestone for the people of Somalia, and a crucial step forward along the path of building a representative government,” the statement said.
The United States calls on Somalia’s leaders “to usher in a new era of governance that is responsive, representative and accountable,” the department said.
“We encourage President Hassan and all members of Parliament to be inclusive and collaborative, and to build on today’s vote by continuing to strengthen democratic institutions, improve stability and security, and bring tangible improvements to the lives of Somalia’s citizens.”
The achievement would not have been possible without the contributions of the African Union, United Nations, Intergovernmental Authority on Development and regional stakeholders, the statement said.
“While today’s vote marks the end of the transition period, much work remains to be done,” it said. “The United States calls on the international community to reaffirm its commitment to Somalia, and to help realize a more secure and prosperous future for the Somali people.”