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Mohamed Abdullahi Elected as Somalia's New President

Mohamed Abdullahi Elected as Somalia's New President”

They hailed the election result as a possible step towards peace and stability.

Farmajo, the former prime minister in Somalia's transitional federal government between 2009 and 2010, was elected the new president of Somalia on Wednesday. They peacefully queued up to drop ballots in transparent ballot boxes, while a video feed of the event was live-streamed across the world. The candidates spoke out after the commander of the police reportedly endorsed President Mohamud for re-election. In 2012, only 135 clan leaders chose the MPs who voted for the president. Instead, some 14,000 elders and regional figures chose 275 members of parliament and 54 senators to decide the election.

Following a round of polls, the top three candidates will advance into the second round.

"We have trust in the president because he was part of the transition government as a Prime Minister and from his development record we trust that he is going to deliver", added Mohammed. It was symbolic of the vast size of the Somali diaspora. Nearly 2 million Somalis live outside the country, while hundreds of thousands were granted asylum in western countries since the civil war began in 1991. In the intervening years, militants took advantage of the political vacuum.

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A Western diplomat who was involved in Somali affairs said, that "president Formaajo has started a bold campaign to restructure Somalia institutions beginning with the security and finance institutions...that made him popular among Somalis, particularly among Women and youth whose support brought him to the presidency".

War and poverty still plague the country. Some Kenyan officials complained that Dadaab has become a staging ground for al-Shabab terrorist attacks. Drought and hunger are growing worse, and the United Nations has warned that starvation could hit Somalia this year.

Somalia's instability landed it on a list of seven Muslim-majority countries affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban, even though its government has been an increasingly important partner for US military counterterrorism efforts.

Because of worries about security, the election was repeatedly delayed.

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The vote was held behind the blast walls of the airport due to security concerns, following Tuesday night's attacks.

Mohamed has previously served as prime minister in his home country and as noted in the Buffalo News, he also has worked for the state Dept. of Transportation, having attended college in Buffalo.

They hailed the newly-elected former Prime Minister as a step toward emancipation of Somalia from the ills of bad governance that kept the country in a political quagmire for almost three decades.

The newly elected president is a dual U.S.

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