Somalia elects Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as new president

TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) – Somalia handed Hassan Sheikh Mohamud the presidency for a second time following Sunday's long-overdue election.

Somali legislators have elected former leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country’s next president, following a long-overdue election on Sunday, Aljazeera reported.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who served as Somalia’s president between 2012 and 2017, won the contest in the capital, Mogadishu, amid a security lockdown imposed by authorities to prevent deadly attacks.

After a marathon poll involving 36 candidates that were broadcast live on state TV, parliamentary officials counted over 165 votes in favour of former president Mohamud, more than the number required to defeat the incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

Supporters of Somalia’s new leader defied the curfew to pour onto the streets of Mogadishu, cheering and firing guns as it became clear that Mohamud had won the vote.

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