HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — Before jubilant crowd and large diplomatic presence in Hargiea presidential palace, the victor of Somaliland presidential election, Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo was sworn as the new president of Somaliland.

The Outgoing president Dahir Riyale Kahin handed over power to Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo during a ceremony at the presidential palace in the capital Hargeisa.

“I solemnly transfer power to the new president, my brother Ahmed Silanyo, who defeated me in the recent elections,” said Riyale, who had been in power since 2002.

“I will work with him by giving my support and I call upon all of you to unite in his support,” he added. “There is a huge and difficult task ahead of our brother so let us help him succeed in his work.”

Diplomatic delegations from Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia and international non-governmental organizations participated in the inauguration ceremony. Local religious and business leaders and parliamentarians from Somaliland were present during the ceremony.

The Chief Justice of Somlailand courts, Judge Maxamed Xirsi Oomane, administrated the oath to the new president and vice president.

The chairman of the Kulmiya PartyAhmed Mohamed Silanyo is Somaliland’s fourth president since it declared its independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991.

“I ask for your support to fulfill my commitments and, as of tomorrow, I will start appointing my government,” Silanyo said at the ceremony.

The people of Somaliland have been celebrating the peaceful democratic transition that they hope will boost their long struggle for international recognition as a separate state.

The election was held on June 26th, after much delay. International observers have praised the conduct of the campaign and regard election as free and democratic. Kulmiya under silanyo leadership took 49.6 percent of the vote, ahead of incumbent President Dahir Riyale Kahin with 33.2 percent.

Video: President Mohamed Ahmed Silanyo takes inauguration oath before Chief Justice and his speech.

Source: AFP | Wednesday, 27 July 2010
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