UN chief congratulates new President of Somalia

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Hassan Sheik Mohamud

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Hassan Sheik Mohamud who has been elected President of Somalia.

Mr. Ban, who was in Geneva early on Wednesday, spoke to the Somali leader by telephone.

Vanina Maestracci is a UN spokesperson in New York.

"The Secretary-General noted that Somalis still face great challenges and assured the new President and the Somali people of the United Nations' support in building a new and peaceful country. The Secretary-General also said that he hopes the new President will attend the forthcoming General Assembly, when he plans to chair a meeting with world leaders supporting Somalia. He said this would be an important opportunity for the new President to set out his immediate priorities and launch a new partnership with the international community."

(Duration: 28")

The newly elected President of Somalia is expected to nominate a Prime Minister and form a government in the coming weeks.

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