Somali’s Elect-President Calls On Al Shabaab Terror Group To Surrender At Inauguration
Somalia’s new president was inaugurated on Wednesday, promising his people that the era of al Shabaab and other Islamist militant groups was over.
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a dual U.S.-Somali citizen, called on al Shabaab’s thousands of fighters to surrender, promising them “a good life” if they did.
“To those who work with al Qaeda, al Shabaab and IS (Islamic State), your time is finished,” he said at the inauguration ceremony, attended by the leaders of neighbouring states.
“You have been misled, destroyed property and killed many Somalis. Come and we shall give you good life,” he said.
On Sunday a suicide bomb in a crowded market in the capital Mogadishu killed dozens of people. [nL8N1G40H4]
As well as the security situation, Mohamed, who was elected by lawmakers on Feb. 8, faces the challenge of cutting corruption.
“Our government will not loot but will help its people. We shall fight insecurity, economic crisis and unemployment,” he said.