Eight residents of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, tell us what the new government's priorities should be and how they have survived 13 years of anarchy.
Mahamut Issa Abdi
I am 18 years old. I am married with three children. I live in a displaced person's camp not far from here.
I spend all day smashing the foundations of the wall around what was the United States embassy in Mogadishu in order to retrieve the steel rods used to reinforce the concrete.
I sell the rods to people who are building new houses.
It's really hard work - and very hot - but it's the only way I can support my family at the moment.
I have been doing this for about three years and have gone 3km around the wall.
I earn 1,000 Somali shillings (6.5 US cents) for each rod. I get about 20 rods a day but I have to give half of them to the gunman who controls the area I work.
He does not control the whole US embassy - just the wall. The embassy grounds have been divided up between about 70 gunmen and people are working for them all.
I have heard that a new Somali president has been elected in Kenya.
I really hope he can come back to Somalia and end this anarchy.
If there is a new government, I would like to go to school and learn something.
This hammer is very heavy and if I had a choice, I would do something else.
But if I could not go to school and had to carry on doing this, at least if there were a government, I would not have to give half the rods to the gunman.