By Gulaid Dalha
Somalia – Somali Commentator – Somali MPs meeting in Mogadishu have elected Mohammed Abdillahi Farmajo as the country’s new president, in the latest step to end decades of war.
The academic beat President Hassan Sheik Mohammoud in a run-off poll by 184 to 97 votes, officials said.
No candidate secured the required two-thirds majority in the first round of voting, conducted by secret ballot.
It is the second time for years that a president has been chosen on Somali soil, a sign of improving security.
Despite qualifying for the second round, outgoing Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharma’arke and moderate Islamist Sh Sharif Sh Ahmed pulled out after coming second and third rounds respectively. Twenty candidates were eliminated at the first hurdle.
Outgoing Somali President Hassan Sh Mohamoud conceded defeat during a live broadcast on national TV, saying he was “satisfied” with his time in power.
Who is Mohamed Abdillahi Farmajo
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, 56, is a Somali diplomat, professor and politician.
Between 1989 and 1993, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in Buffalo, New York. He followed that in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Political Science (American Studies) from the University at Buffalo again His thesis was titled: “U.S. Strategic Interest in Somalia: From the Cold War Era to the War on Terror.”
He served as Prime Minister of former Sh Sharif Government and similar positions. In early 2012, he established Tayo Party. Farmajo hails from Darod especially Marehan – one of the biggest Somali clans.
Mr Farmajo won the 2017 elections and was sworn to office on the 8th of February. This was a surprise to many Somalis around the world as it was widely expected the return of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for his second term in the office.In his inauguration speech Mr Farmajo Said that his win translated the choice of the people.