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  • Title: [SW News] (BBC) Somalia: A new president for a new beginning?
  • Posted by/on:[AMJ][Tuesday, August 29, 2000]

 
Tuesday, 29 August, 2000, 14:59 GMT 15:59 UK
Somalia: A new president for a new beginning?
Is it time for a new beginning in Somalia?
After nearly ten years without a government Somalia now has a new leader, Abdulkassim Salat Hassan.

 
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He was elected President by the Somali parliament last Friday during a ground-breaking meeting in neighbouring Djibouti.

Is Somalia slowly moving away from unending chaos and anarchy? Will the country's warlords take any notice? Will the new head of state manage to bring Somaliland and Puntland back into the fold?

A selection of your emails will be broadcast on Focus on Africa during the 1705 edition on Saturday

HAVE YOUR SAY

I am doubtful but at the same time hopeful that Somalia will move away slowly from unending chaos

Saadi Sheikh Abukar, USA
I am doubtful but at the same time hopeful that Somalia will move away slowly from unending chaos. I hope that the warlords in Somalia and particularly the ones in Mogadishu will come to their senses and for the sake of our country and children realise that it is time to get back to the business of rebuilding Somalia.
Saadi Sheikh Abukar, USA

It is the people of Somaliland who decide that not Salat or Egal. And they expressed already that they will never gamble their destiny again to join Somalia. And even if Egal goes to Somalia he will be all by himself! That is voice of the people of Somaliland.
Ismail Pasha, Canada

If only there was hope. But for Africa, there is little. Soon, another warlord will want to establish himself, and the cycle goes on. There is no hope. Africa needs neo-colonists.
Chege Ag, Kenya

Definitely yes, Somali people are sick and tired of warlords.
Mohamed Warsame, Somalia

The newly elected president has to look for a place to settle his government before he gains international recognition. There is no way he can bring P/land and S/land into united Somalia as they be economically stronger than so-called interim government.
A Shakur, USA

I am sceptical on whether the warlords will accept the new head of state. They thrive on other people's misery. I hate to think that the people's hope of peace could be shattered by some greedy individuals whose interest is on creating more wealth for themselves. I pray for divine intervention in Somalia.
Clement Chiwaya, Malawian studying in USA

 

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