Saturday, February 21, 2009
Young and talented leaders for Somalia
Finally, after almost two decades of conflict and power vacuum, Somalia has found the blessings of two young under-fifty talented leaders: President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Shermarke. The President is known worldwide as a peace loving moderate Islamist who is always in favor of dialogue and reconciliation. Since December of 2006 when his faction-the Union of Islamic Courts-was kicked out of Mogadishu by the heavily-armed Ethiopian occupation forces, President Sharif has been in the forefront of garnering support from warring Somali factions and the international community for an everlasting peace for Somalia. Besides, President Sharif had his university education in Sudan and Libya respctively. On the other hand, Prime Minister Omar is the son of slain President Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke. Omar is a graduate of a reputed Canadian university and has been a longtime employee of the United Nations.
So far, most of the deafening big guns of Mogadishu have fallen silent and that even some of the volatile Jihadists and vicious warlords who have been the cause of lawlessness and destruction have been given ministerial posts in the 36-member cabinet. Despite sporadic fighting in some parts of the country, the most we can say for now is that Somalia is headed towards the reclamation of its lost glory in the international political arena.