SHEIK SHARIF AHMED
** On Saturday 01/31/2009 Sheik Sharif Ahmed has been sworn in as the new president of Somalia just months after his Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) signed a peace deal with the transitional Government.
The ceremony in neighboring Djibouti on Saturday came after Sheik Sharif Ahmed, who also led the Council of Islamic Courts (CIC), won a run-off parliamentary vote. The new president’s Islamic Courts movement ruled Mogadishu and most of southern Somalia for six months before being ousted by the Ethiopian military at the end of 2006 in the Ethiopian-Somali War
Sheik Sharif Ahmed easily defeated Maslah Mohamed Siad, son of ex-president Mohamed Siad Barre, in Saturday morning’s second round of voting, winning 293 votes to Siad’s 126.
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