Somali Leader Disputes Election

Somali faction leader Osman Hassan Ato dismissed as "illegitimate" the election of Hussein Mohamed Aideed as president of a self-declared government and successor to his late father, Mohamed Farah Aideed.

Ato, a successful Somali businessman who funded the elder Aideed until they fell out last year, said the election was illegal because clan elders were not involved in the process.

The 31-year-old U.S.-educated former U.S. Marine was chosen Sunday by supporters to succeed the elder Aideed, who died Aug. 1 from battle wounds. The younger Aideed landed with troops in December 1992 when the United States intervened to help relieve the country's starvation.

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