Following a contentious vote, Somalia’s former leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has been elected president after a final vote that was only open to the country’s MPs. The president Elect subdued the current president, Mohamed Abudallahi Farmajo, who has been in office since 2017.
The ballot was limited to Somalia’s 328 MPs due to security concerns over holding a wider election, and one of them did not cast a vote. Mr Mohamud received 214 votes, defeating Mr Farmajo who won 110 votes with three MPs having invalid ballot papers.
The result marks a comeback for Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who served as Somalia’s president between 2012 and 2017 before he was defeated by Mr Farmajo. Th president Elect will serve for the next four years.