The ceremony was attended by the President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Maman Sidikou, the Special Envoys of the European Union and Intergovernmental Authority on Development, and the Ambassadors of Ethiopia, Germany, Sweden and Turkey, as well as Abdi Qaybdiid of Galmudu State, Abdulkadir Mahamud Yusuf of the Interim Juba Administration and a delegation from Puntland.
Sharif Hassan promised to lead the people of the regional state to stability and development and said he will work for reconciliation between warring communities in the state. President Mohamud said the creation of the regional state and the election of Sharif Hassan as interim president were important steps towards the achievement of Vision 2016. Ambassador Sidikou said the realization of the new State as well as its Interim Administration was an achievement not only for the people of the three regions but also a milestone for the Federal Government in its efforts to realize the goals of Vision 2016.
He encouraged Sharif Hassan to continue with the reconciliation process in order to build a solid foundation for sustainable peace and the development of the State. He urged the President of the ISWA not to betray the trust that the people of the State have placed in him. The Interim South West Administration covers the Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle Regions and is one of the states being formed in line with the ongoing federalization process in accordance with Somalia’s Provisional Federal Constitution. Baidoa is the Headquarters of AMISOM’s Sector 3 which is manned by the Ethiopian Contingent to AMISOM.