Islamists denounce Somali vote as an 'enemy project'
AFPMOGADISHU--Somalia's Islamists on Tuesday dismissed as illegitimate the vote which saw outsider Hassan Sheikh Mohamud elected president.
September 12, 2012, 12:00 am TWN
“The process in which Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was chosen was run by the enemies of Somalia,” Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, spokesman of the al-Qaida-linked Shebab, told AFP.
“Nothing personal, but the whole process is like an enemy project,” he said.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a 56-year-old university lecturer with ties to the Somali branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Islah (“Reform” in Arabic), unexpectedly defeated incumbent Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in a run-off on Monday.
The president was elected by newly-designated lawmakers as part of a UN-backed process to end a transitional period and strengthen institutions in a nation which has not had an effective central government in two decades.