Bishop Giorgio Bertin on the New developments in Somalia
Parliament in Somalia on Monday elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country’s new
head of State. He replaces Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the transitional leader, who
was also in the presidential race. The outgoing president accepted defeat and congratulated
Mr. Mohamud. President Mohamud was sworn in immediately after the election. Somalia
has not had an effective central government since 1991. Bishop Giorgio Bertin is the
Apostolic Administrator of Mogadishu. He made the following observations about the
new developments in Somalia.