Somalia – Presidential election (February 8, 2017)


France congratulates Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who was elected president of Somalia yesterday. This election represents an important step forward in stabilizing the country, which has been scarred by several decades of civil war.

France applauds the efforts of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali army over the past six months to keep the electoral process secure. It applauds the attitude of the outgoing president, Hassan Sheikh.

Numerous challenges face the new president. The establishment of national security forces, whose prime responsibility is guaranteeing peace in Somalia, must be accelerated. The fight against corruption and for better governance must be stepped up. Solid institutions capable of providing the basic services the population needs must be put in place.

France and the European Union remain fully committed to helping Somalia in this new stage of its reconstruction.