13 February 2009

Somalia: Islamist Group Supports President Sharif

Mogadishu — Members of the Somali Islamist group of Ahlu Sunna Waljamea have held a meeting in the Kenyan capital Nairobi late on Thursday and supported the newly elected president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, official told Shabelle radio on Friday.

Sheik Mohamed Moalin Sheik Amiir, a chairman of Ahlu Sunna Waljamea in Nairobi has asserted that his group has supported greatly to the Somali president Sheik Sharif and his government urging the Somalis to give him full support to solve the conflicts between the Somali people saying that it is an important chance for many Somali people who are in abroad and live in a very critical condition to return home.

"If we are Ahlu Sunna Waljamea, we are congratulating to president Sheik Sharif and we are welcoming him to be the head of the unity government of Somalia. We also bless him to be the Somali president and solve the problems between the Somali people to reach peace and stability," Sheik Mohamed said.

The statement of Ahlu Sunna Waljamea chairman Sheik Mohamed comes as most of the Somali society and the international community supported the newly established government led by president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed.

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