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Somalis Welcome New President Elected amid Militant Threats

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo replaced President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud following an election late on Wednesday.


Citizens of Somalia celebrated the election of their new president on Thursday, a day after the troubled nation held its most democratic election in decades, as could be seen in images supplied by an epa photographer on site.

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo replaced President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud following an election late on Wednesday that was held, for security reasons, in Mogadishu’s international airport.

Sheikh Mohamud, whose administration faced public and Western criticism for corruption scandals, conceded defeat as it became clear he could not win in a third round of voting.

"This is a victory for Somalia and the Somalis," the new president told members of parliament shortly after taking the oath of office in a hall on the airport compound, which is surrounded by concrete barriers and guarded by African peacekeeping troops.

He said the new president was a U.S. citizen who backed Republicans, the party of President Donald Trump. "If a Somali politician could make headway with the Trump administration, he might have chance make a go of it,” he said.

The voting process, which lasted months, began with 14,000 elders and regional figures choosing 275 members of parliament and 54 senators, who then had to choose among 21 candidates.

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