KISMAYU, Somalia, Aug 15 (Reuters) - A former Islamist warlord won re-election on Saturday as president of Somalia's southern area of Jubbaland, a territory partly managed by al Shabaab militants and at odds with the central govt of the Horn of Africa place.
Ahmed Madobe was elected for 4 additional yrs by associates of the regional parliament, which has defied a federal government final decision in June to disband it on the grounds it was unrepresentative and dominated by hand-picked customers of Madobe's clan.
Madobe, leader of the effective Ras Kamboni militia, has fought towards the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants who totally command 1 of Jubbaland's three informative post regions.
"God keen, I will reduce al Shabaab from the remaining cities of the location," he said.
Jubbaland involves the strategic port of Kismayu. Madobe and Barre Hirale, a clan elder, fought for several years to control the city, which generates beneficial revenues from taxes, charcoal exports and levies on arms and other unlawful imports.
Hirale ruled Kismayu in the 1990s and into the 2000s until he was unseated by Madobe, who was at the time aligned to the Islamic Courts Union that dominated Somalia until eventually 2006.
Al Shabaab then dominated the southern part of the country until finally 2011, when it was thrown out of the funds Mogadishu by African Union peacekeeping troops.
The fate of Kismayu and Jubbaland is observed as a check of the central government's talent in developing a federal technique and pacifying a country fought around for far more than two decades by warlords and Islamist rebels."We shall sit and discuss with the federal authorities and the clans and clear up the difficulties through peaceful dialogue and reconciliation," Madobe explained. (Writing by George Obulutsa Enhancing by Mark Trevelyan)
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