A surprise candidate, Sheikh Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, has won Somalia’s first freely contested presidential election. The bigger surprise will be if his government proves any less corrupt or incompetent than the one it is replacing.
Somali lawmakers elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud as the country’s next president, marking an end to a transitional administration that improved security in the capital, Mogadishu, even as it failed to end more than two decades of conflict.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will encourage East African leaders this week to boost security and political stability in a region threatened by al- Qaeda and growing in importance as a source of energy.
Somalia’s government will intensify its offensive against al-Shabaab after making “tangible” progress in its efforts to flush the insurgents out of the capital, Mogadishu, President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said.