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Somaliland Swears In New President Muse Bihi Abdi

The self-declared republic of Somaliland has sworn in its fifth president, Muse Bihi Abdi.

Mr Bihi wasted no time addressing the controversy surrounding his November election, which saw him triumph over opponents who later disputed the results.

“I am ready and working on solving all the election-related disputes and to cool down all the brothers who have grievances,” he said during the inauguration ceremony, which was broadcast live by privately-owned Horn Cable TV.

“If you have grievances I urge you to come to the table.”

However, Mr Bihi, a retired air force pilot, will have other challenges to deal with, including high unemployment among the youth and restarting talks with Somalia as he seeks to get international recognition for Somaliland.

But for now he can enjoy his inauguration, which was attended by hundreds of people.


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