Welcome to part 1 of an English transcript of President Farmaajo's recent interview in Addis Ababa, with critical commentary. The interview itself was conducted in Somali.
The election of new leaders has been hailed as a great step forward by both the Somali people, and their supporters in the international community. The latter's role has been to support the creation of formal political institutions, i.e., signing of agreements, drafting a constitution, and holding elections.
To the hundreds of thousands of Somali dead and wounded, to their families, and to the entire Somali Nation - all victims of tragic and diabolical civil war, famine, and foreign intervention.