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    New Somali President Inaugurated, al-Shabab Leaves Port City

    Somalia's new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (C) is escorted as he attends his inauguration ceremony in Mogadishu September 16, 2012.Somalia's new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (C) is escorted as he attends his inauguration ceremony in Mogadishu September 16, 2012.
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    Somalia's new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (C) is escorted as he attends his inauguration ceremony in Mogadishu September 16, 2012.
    Somalia's new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (C) is escorted as he attends his inauguration ceremony in Mogadishu September 16, 2012.
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    Witnesses say al-Shabab fighters are pulling out of the southern Somali port of Kismayo, the largest city that was still in insurgent hands.
     
    Residents tell VOA that al-Shabab leaders already had fled and that their fighters started leaving Sunday after heavy fighting with Somali and Kenyan troops. Dozens were reported killed and the commander of the Somali forces says al-Shabab has been defeated.
     
    It is not clear where the al-Shabab fighters were heading.
     
    News of al-Shabab's apparent defeat came as Somalia's new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, was inaugurated in Mogadishu. President Mohamud called security his top priority, vowing to unite the fractured nation.
     
    Somalia's parliament elected Mohamud last week. He survived an assassination attempt last Wednesday when suicide bombers tried to force their way into the Mogadishu hotel where he had been living. Mohamud was unharmed, but several soldiers and civilians were killed. 
     
    President Mohamud's election marks the final phase of a U.N.-backed plan to create a stable, central government, which Somalia has not had since 1991.
     
    Somali leaders adopted a new constitution and installed a new federal parliament and speaker last month. The new government replaces an eight-year transitional government that was largely ineffective and plagued by infighting.

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    by: Ken from: XyZMCvILfrPFzuR
    September 27, 2012 12:24 AM
    It's posts like this that make surfing so much plearuse

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    September 17, 2012 6:45 AM
    An arrangee deal or good luck? We need to look deeply or read in between lines to know if any person or group had made an overture for this deal. What is the demand of al shebaab? Why did they not give Mohamud chance to settle down? This is where to find out if the sponsors of the terrorist group had made an advance to him, perhaps demanding sharia in the country; whether he refused initially; has he succumbed in the latest move? Someone should find out; otherwise this must be the luckiest president in Africa for the people to give him all the support to move the country forward. But first make sure there is no compromise.

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