Monday May 16, 2022
Mogadishu (HOL) – Leaders of Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Kenya on Monday congratulated Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on his re-election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia as the neighboring countries vie for new relations with the new government.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta wished the new Somalia Head of State good health and success as he took over the reins of leadership and assured him of Kenya’s continued cooperation and comradeship.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali acknowledged that he looks forward to working closely with the new president on common bilateral and regional interests.
President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh, described the new president’s election as a testament to Somali institutions’ resilience and a historic moment for all Somalis.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who served as Somalia’s president between 2012 and 2017, won the election with 214 votes, while the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo received 110 votes in the final round of the voting last Sunday.
Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya are among the five African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) troop-contributing countries, alongside Burundi and Uganda.