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Somali President Wants Another Tenure

Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik AhmedSomali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed
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Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed
Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed
James Butty
A US-based Somali analyst says Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed will have stiff competition in his bid for a second term.

The Somali president reportedly told the French News Agency Thursday in Nairobi that he is available for another term if Somalis trust him with the job. 
Butty interview with Somali analyst Faysal Roble
Butty interview with Somali analyst Faysal Roblei
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According to a calendar backed by the international community, Somalia's fragile transitional institutions will have to be renewed in the next two months, and a new president elected by August 20.

Faysal Abdi Roble, a California-based Somali writer and analyst says many Somalis are not surprised by President Sharif’s decision to seek another term.

“I think it was very much expected simply because until now Sheikh Ahmed  showed some type of likeness to continue his legacy, whether you like that legacy or not. He has promoted in some quarters of Somalia that he is the only one who can negotiate with the hardline Al-Shabab,” he said.

Roble also said President Sharif’s administration shows some stability and longevity during the transitional period simply because of the presence of African Union and Ethiopian forces.

“I think this has been the case, especially the longevity because the African Union and its AMISOM troops have very much subdued the warlords that have prevailed in Mogadishu and southern Somalia for about 22 years. Without the African Union’s AMISOM action, it would have been difficult for Sheriff Ahmed to continue his reign in Somalia,” Roble said.

He also credits the seeming stability of President Sharif’s administration to what he calls the professionalism of current Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali.

“The last Prime Minister who works for him (President Sharif) has been one of the most professional prime ministers to occupy that office. He (Abdiweli Mohamed Ali) has succeeded to deliver some of the benchmarks the international community wanted to see, such as the roadmap. And that helps President Sharif to stabilize his term quite significantly,” Roble said.

Roble said President Sharif will most likely be challenged by Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali in his bid for a second term.

“I think his number 1 challenger is the prime minister who is an American-educated professor of economics, and the first prime minister in the history of the transitional government of Somalia to have succeeded to show benchmarks and deliverables regarding the roadmap,” he said.

President Sharif told AFP that “during my presidency I dedicated my efforts mainly to fighting terrorism”. He said he will use his second term for nation building.

Roble said President Sharif has not done enough in fighting corruption.

“He has not done anything about corruption. Somalia has been dubbed the most corrupt society in the world, and most of that corruption took place under his auspices,” he said.

He cited a report issued this year by the World Bank which said that the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia TFG has not accounted for most of the revenues and donations it received in 2009 and 2010.

The report said auditors found that the government collected at least $94 million in revenues in 2009, but reported only $11 million in revenues. The report also said that in 2010, auditors found that the government collected $70 million in revenues, but reported just $22 million.

Roble also said Western nations are not quite sure whether President Sharif, himself a moderate Islamist, ever severed his ties with the militant group Al-Shabab.

“He usually moves very hesitantly and very reluctantly to hit them hard. That’s what the American generals are saying in Nairobi,” Roble said.

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by: Abdi from: Mogadishu
June 23, 2012 3:13 AM
Its so shy that Sharif Ahmed become head of state another term, he is loser due to corruption and fairness of his office, many of the people in Mogadishu know how this guy is used the legitimacy in his own interest. In the argument of al-shabab he can do nothing because some time he was part of them, they see he is spoiler and enemy.
Sharif is part of the problem he must go...

by: Somali from: Sweden
June 22, 2012 3:47 AM
What kind of loser did you guys interview, he is clearly not someone who knows anything about the situation on the ground.

Both sharif hassan and sharif sakin MUST go, they both fill their pocke with aid money and none of them can speak or write basic english.

LOL at them being able to negotiate with the al shabab terrorists, the current president betrayed them in 2008, he would probably be the first they would kill.

I hope the next leader is free from any connection to the money laundering adminstration in puntland and that he is atleast educated!

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