More than 1,200 people, including the new Somali parliament, attended Saturday's swearing-in at a hotel in Djibouti.Ahmed was chairman of the Islamic Courts Union that ran Mogadishu for six months in 2006 before Ethiopian soldiers drove them from power. His election raises hopes that he will bring many of Somalia's Islamic factions into a more inclusive government.
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 U.S. considers al-Shabab a terror organization with links to al-Qaida. more..http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090131/ap_on_re_af/af_somalia