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Somalia elects Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as new president.

MOGADyE[currency]U (CyHAN)- Somali members of parliament have voted in Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new president of the country, marking the beginning of ending decades of unrest and civil war.

According to Mohamud, an academic by profession, beat incumbent interim president Sheikh Sharif Ahmed in a run-off vote, by 190 to 79 ballots.

The first round of voting failed to produce a result, with non off the 24 candidates able to gain a two-thirds majority of votes, conducted through secret ballot.

Other contenders, including out-going Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali and the moderate

Islamist candidate Abdulkadir Osoble, pulled out of the race, after finishing third and fourth respectfully, despite qualifying for the second round.

The countries out-going interim President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, who lead the transnational-federal government, conceded defeat to the new president-elect via a live national television broadcast.

The countries new president was sworn into office immediately after the result was declared.

This is the first time in more than 20 years that a president will be chosen on Somali soil, through a democratic process, which has signalled a sign of improved stability and security.

Despite the recent improvements, the militant-Islamist group, al-Shabab, who controls parts of south and central of the country, has still orchestrated attacks in Mogadishu,

Pro-government fighters and African Union troops, including Kenyan and Ethiopian forces have since began an offensive on the al-Qaeda linked group, resulting in the group losing ground and territory.

Somalia has not had an effective government, since the 1991 coup which overthrew President Siad Barre from power, resulting the country fracturing politically, giving rise to various socio-economic problems.


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Date:Sep 11, 2012
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