The Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab has issued a quick response to the recent election of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new President of Somalia. Unsurprisingly, this statement rejects this election and calls on the Somali people to support the groups ongoing military struggle to assert its own rule over Somalia.
PRESS RELEASE -
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Mogadishu (11/09/2012) - As is well known, Somalia has for several years been suffering from the plots of the Crusader enemies, under the patronage of the United Nations and the African Union. The latest of these plots in which a number of Western agents have been revised is the so called 'presidential election'.
Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen does not regard the so called elections as being in the interests of the Somali people. They represent Western interests, and interests of their agents in the region. Sharif's replacement is nothing more than a revised edition of traitors serving those interests.
The selection of Sheikh Sharif's replacement is a further attempt to hoodwink the oppressed Somali people. How can a 'free and fair election' take place in a country where the land is suffering a brutal occupation, where its sea is plundered, the skies are occupied, and where the economy is under siege?
An election is not possible except in the manner dictated by the occupier. The condition of the parliament ascertains this, more than two thirds of the MPs hold foreign passports. They do not represent the aspirations of the Somali people, rather, they represent the countries in which they hold citizenship.
We will continue to fight these apostates as we have been fighting them before. The so called election came to maintain the status quo, allowing foreign companies to steal Somalia's resources and to destroy its economy.
We call upon the Somali people not to be decieved by these plots, and to continue supporting Jihad and the Mujahideen until we regain our honour, we free our land, and Sharia is established in the entire country.
Sheikh Ali Mahmud Rage
Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen