Somalian parliament elects moderate Islamist president
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Somalia's parliament has elected a moderate Islamist leader as the country's new president.
Sheikh Sharif Sheik Ahmed now has the elusive task of stabilizing a country wracked by violence and anarchy for nearly 20 years. He was elected early Saturday.
But the Western-backed government wields little control in Somalia - just a few blocks of the capital, Mogadishu, where African Union peacekeepers patrol. An Islamic insurgent group called al-Shabab, who say they don't recognize the government, have taken over most of Somalia.
The US considers al-Shabab a terror organization with links to al-Qaida.
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