Saturday, January 31, 2009

Somalia: Moderate Islamist leader wins Somalia's presidential election

A moderate Islamist leader has won Somalia's presidential election.

Somalia's parliament elected Sheikh Sharif to the post early Saturday during a secret ballot in Djibouti.

Lawmakers had earlier this week voted to double the size of the parliament to include Sharif's moderate Islamist party, the Islamist Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia, or ARS.

His win marks a major boost in efforts to create an inclusive government in Somalia.
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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