Mogadishu-Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud will be completing his fourth year in power next September. In his term, Somalia shared the world many political and security turbulences.
His Excellency had fought fierce political battles, and survived many parliamentary attempts to oust him.
In a relatively short period, Sheikh Mohamoud went from being an academic researcher and a civil peace activist to a political party leader, becoming in 2012 Somalia’s first internally elected president since 1991. Four of his predecessors were elected and put in authority with foreign backing, and had to leave the country once their term came to an end.
However, despite the tradition, Sheikh Mohamoud says that he will not exit the country once he steps down from authority, but will live out the remainder of his life in Somalia.
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, the President spoke about his experience with being in authority, and him running for another term. Sheikh Mohamoud also pointed out to his presidential campaign and what progress was made on that matter.
Political sides in Somalia had agreed in 2013 to a score of measures aiming to rectify the national political process. At the time the agenda for reform was being called “Vision for 2016.”
Sheikh Mohamoud explained that the most important features brought about by the roadmap were improving the democratic process and establishing political parties. Holding elections, revision of the constitution and finalizing federalism are also a part of the plan for reform.