Election of Somali President welcomed by UN officials

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SRSG Augustine Mahiga shakes hands with Somali President-elect Hassan Sheikh Mohamud during a courtesy visit.

The election of the President of Somalia by the country's parliament on Monday has been welcomed by United Nations officials.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, as well as the New Federal Parliament and its Speaker for the peaceful and orderly conduct of the process.

The top United Nations envoy in Somalia, Ambassador Augustine Mahiga, says the selection of the new president is very important for the process of creating political stability in Somalia.

He outlined what is expected to happen next.

"We are looking forward to the formation of a new government in the next maybe couple of weeks or so. We would certainly encourage the President to nominate a prime minister as quickly as possible so that he gets the approval of parliament then proceed on to form the cabinet. And it would be important for this government to come with a new programme that symbolizes a news phase that is different from the transition into one of transformation and stabilization."

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Somalia has not had a central government since the overthrow of President Siad Barre in 1991.

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