GALKAYO, Somalia (AP) — The inauguration ceremony of Somalia's new leader begins in the capital Mogadishu amid tight security, four days after President Hassan Skeikh Mohamud survived an assassination attempt.
Mohamud, a teacher and activist, won the election last week against outgoing President Sheik Sharif Sheikh Ahmed by the legislative vote of 190 to 79.
The attempt on Mohamud's life highlights the serious security challenges that he faces as he takes the helm of a volatile country that has lacked a stable government since 1991. His election was condemned by radical Islamist militants who said it was manipulated by the West. Mohamud has the support of the international community.
Al-Shabab militants were pushed out of Mogadishu last year, but occasionally they get through security to carry out lethal attacks there.