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The Dance of Democracy: A Discourse on President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's Leadership
by Maxamed Dudishe
Saturday April 1, 2023

In the vibrant and colourful mosaic of Somali politics, a historic milestone has been achieved. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud stands as the first leader in Somalia's history to be re-elected into office. After losing to President Farmaajo in his bid for a second consecutive term, President Hassan re-emerged victorious five years later, triumphing over his former rival in a striking display of democratic resilience.

This unprecedented event speaks to the beauty of Somalia's democracy, allowing another dynamic transfer of power. It is in this context that President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's leadership takes center stage, gracefully navigating the challenges our country faces.

In the dynamic dance of democracy, Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud tiptoes around multiple challenges, including clan politics, regional politics, federal politics, Middle East politics, and global politics. His prior experience as a president serves as a choreographer, guiding the steps of a nation that leaps towards a brighter future.

The president's choice of Prime Minister sets the tempo for his administration. As the diverse government forms, comprising both over-qualified and under-qualified cabinet members, inevitable clan grievances begin to surface. As discordant voices arise and formidable clans articulate their grievances, a dissonance threatens to disrupt the dance. Disregarding these voices may signal arrogance or incompetence, and it is here that Hobbes' Leviathan emerges, reminding the president of the importance of fair play and teamwork, much like a wise soccer coach guiding his players.

In the ever-evolving landscape of Somali politics, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Hamza are accompanied by three crucial ministers, fondly known as the "Three Amigos." These dynamic figures - the Minister of Education, Farah Sheikh Abdulkadir, the Minister of Planning Mohamud Beene Beene, and the State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cali Balcad- work in perfect harmony with one another, much like an expertly choreographed dance. Their relationship with the President is one of trust and mutual respect, as they have his ear and are instrumental in shaping the president’s legacy.

As the Three Amigos move in sync, each minister plays a distinct role in the dance of progress. The Minister of Education gracefully leads the way, bringing creativity and commitment to the improvement of the country's educational system. The Minister of Planning follows closely, with a strategic mind and an unwavering focus on fostering a just and equitable Somalia. Meanwhile, the State Minister of Foreign Affairs elegantly engages with the international community, strengthening relationships with neighboring countries and fostering a spirit of cooperation. Minister Cali Balcad navigates the intricate world of diplomacy with humility and open-mindedness.

Together, they form an impressive orchestra, their movements perfectly aligned and their objectives clear. Their synergy has the power to transform Somalia, guiding the nation towards a harmonious and prosperous future. As they glide across the metaphorical dance floor, the Three Amigos are fully aware of their responsibility and influence on the administration's trajectory.

While the naysayers scream and criticize from the sidelines, the President and his trusted Amigos remain undeterred. Their unwavering commitment to the people of Somalia and their confidence in each other's abilities allow them to navigate the complex steps of governance with finesse and grace.

In the dance of governance and diplomacy, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Hamza, along with the Three Amigos, demonstrate a unity reminiscent of the captivating dancers of Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue, all trusting one another, moving in harmony and following each other's leads to produce a stunning performance. Their unwavering dedication to Somalia's progress, guided by the wisdom of history's great philosophers, promises a brighter future for our nation and our people.

In the face of challenges and dissenting voices, it is essential for President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and his team embrace a conciliatory and forward-looking approach. By actively engaging with the concerns of the various clans and striving for unity, the orchestra in the Villa can create a future where the diverse voices of Somalia are heard and respected.

As they embark on this journey, let them be guided by the wisdom of the past, remembering the words of the great philosopher Socrates: "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." With open hearts, open minds, and a steadfast commitment to the well-being of our people, the orchestra in the Villa can transform the dance of democracy into a beautiful symphony that resounds with hope and progress for generations to come.

Maxamed Dudishe is an armchair critic living in Toronto.
Email: [email protected]
He does not dance.


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