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Somali war warnings follow Hassan vote

One of Somalia's most powerful faction leaders has warned that recognising the newly elected president, Abdulkassim Salad Hassan, could lead to more bloodshed in the country.

Hussein Aideed said that if reconciliation moves weren't made, faction leaders would resort to violence.

Mr Aideed's comments came during a visit with three other leaders to Yemen, where officials have been attempting to reconcile the various factions.

The four men had boycotted a peace conference in Djibouti which last week elected Mr Hassan as Somalia's transitional president -- the first after nearly a decade of civil war.

The warning coincided with an international tour Mr Hassan is expected to begin shortly, to garner support for his planned new administration.

Somalia has been without a central government since 1991 when the former president, Mohamed Siad Barre, was ousted.

But the clan leaders say the new administration contains too many officials from the Barre era.

 


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