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MOGADISHU—Somalia’s Federal Parliament has re-elected former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as country’s tenth President.

Mohamud who served as President September 2012 to 16 February 2017 trounced the incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

Hd became the first President elected twice in the history of Somalia.

Out of the 314 votes cast, he garnered 214 while President Farmajo received 110 votes in the third and final round.

Hassan, was immediately sworn-in as the tenth president. In his concession speech, president applauded the electoral commission for convening the much awaited and long delayed presidential election.

“My brother, I welcome you to the position. We will support you,”President Farmajo said.

Hassan, in his acceptance speech at the tent said that he would not use his position for revenge and will instead work with other leaders to advance the interest of the country.

“I would not use my office to frustrate or revenge back.” he said.

“As I have said before, I will not accept political witch-hunt and revenge,” he assured.

Farmaajo’s quest for re- election hit a dead end at the third round in the third round after facing off a major challenge from Hassan.

36 candidates had contested in the election right from 39 Candidates after three candidates announced their exit from the race before the election day

President Farmaajo was elected on February 8, 2017 and he succeeded Hassan Sheikh Mohamud after trouncing him in the second round.

Mohamud now inherits a country riddled by terror and a huge population facing hunger due to failed rainy seasons.

 

 

Source of original article: Radio Dalsan (en.radiodalsan.com).
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