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Somalia – Election of the new Somali president (September 11, 2012)

Hassan Sheik Mohamud was elected President of Somalia on September 10, 2012.

France congratulates him and wishes him success at an especially important moment in Somalia’s history. His election marks the end of the transition period. It’s a crucial step in the national reconciliation process and in the political process, which must continue to move toward the establishment of democratic institutions.

In accordance with the aspirations of the Somali people, we encourage Somalia to give priority to the protection and well-being of the population as well as to development. Everyone must contribute to the efforts which must be based on a long-term perspective. France urges all Somalis, particularly women and young people, to unite in support of peace.

France remains committed alongside those who are seeking to lead Somalia toward democracy, respect for human rights, good governance, peace, security and development. It stands ready to work with the newly elected president. We will continue to support Somalia within the European and international forums.


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