SOMALIA / PRESIDENT FARMAAJO INAUGURATION

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At the inauguration ceremony today as the ninth president of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo promised to restore Somalia’s dignity and bring peace and reconciliation to the country. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / PRESIDENT FARMAAJO INAUGURATION
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 22 FEBRUARY 2017, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

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1. Wide shot, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya arriving for the inauguration
2. Med shot, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
3. Close up shot, Somali President Farmaajo being given a salute of honour
4. Wide shot, President Farmaajo inspecting a guard of honour
5. Med shot, banner
6. Med shot, a music group performing
7. Wide shot, MPs attending the inauguration ceremony
8. Med shot, a music group performing
9. Wide shot, inauguration ceremony attendants
10. Wide shot, President Farmaajo speaking at the inauguration
11. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, President of Somalia:
“As the President of Somalia, I will strive to restore the image of the country and make Somalia great again but we face a number of challenges and these are insecurity and a severe humanitarian crisis. I will foster reconciliation, uphold the rule of law, strengthen the judiciary, restore confidence of the people in the government and tackle poverty.”
12.Wide shot, inauguration ceremony attendants
13.SOUNDBITE (Somali) Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, President of Somalia:
“The international community has been very supportive. This was spearheaded by AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) troops who secured the locations of the electoral process. We cannot forget the support rendered by the international community who made the electoral process possible.”
14.Wide shot, MPs listening
15.SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Keating, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG):
“The peaceful handover of power is a milestone in that effort and is a major step in strengthening Somalia as a federal and inclusive state and towards the goal of achieving one-person one-vote elections in 2020.”
16. Various shots, inauguration ceremony

STORYLINE:

At the inauguration ceremony today (22 Feb) as the ninth president of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo promised to restore Somalia’s dignity and bring peace and reconciliation to the country.

The ceremony was attended by over 1,200 people including two neighbouring presidents, a prime minister and more than 100 diplomats.

In his speech, the new president - who was elected on February 8 - also promised to tackle widespread insecurity, corruption, poverty and the looming humanitarian crisis that is devastating the country.

The new leader outlined his agenda for the next four years in which he will give priority to reconciliation and restoring institutions to give hope to the citizens.

Farmaajo said during his four-year tenure he will try “to accomplish reconciliation among various Somali communities, uphold the rule of law, strengthen the judiciary, restore people’s confidence in government and tackle poverty.”

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General, Michael Keating, delivered a goodwill message from the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and lauded the smooth transfer of power from outgoing President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Keating said, “The peaceful handover of power is a milestone in that effort and is a major step in strengthening Somalia as a federal and inclusive state and towards the goal of achieving one-person one-vote elections in 2020.”

The new president also thanked the international community for supporting the recently concluded electoral process and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for securing the process.

“The international community has been very supportive. This was spearheaded by AMISOM troops who secured the locations of the electoral process. We cannot forget the support rendered by the international community who made the electoral process possible,” President Farmaajo stated.

The ceremony was also addressed by Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, Djiboutian President, Omar Guelleh; Ethiopian Prime Minister, Desalegn Hailemariam; the Sudan Assistant President, Ibrahim Hamed and the outgoing President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Among the dignitaries who spoke at the event were the European Union Representative for the Horn of Africa, Alexander Rondos; United States Ambassador to Somalia, Stephen Schwartz; Turkish Representative, Cemalettin Kani Torun; Arab League Envoy, Khalid Ibrahim and Former Somali President, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
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