MOGADISHU (Sh.M.Network)—Somalia’s parliamentarians elected Monday Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a university lecturer as new president for the horn of Africa country, the first vote of its kind in more than two decades.
Mr. Mohamud’s election, held in a highly fortified police academy in mogadishu, a significant step forward for a country that has endured more than two decades of war and political instability.
He is the chairman of the Peace and Development Party(PDP), came in second out of 22 candidates in the first round of voting and then defeated Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, who is the president of the departing transitional federal government, 190 to 79, in a head-to-head runoff.
Mr. Mohamud, who is from the town of Jalalaqsi in central Somalia, is a political neophyte but has long worked as a community activist for various nongovernmental organizations in Somalia, including the Center of Research and Dialogue (CRD), the International Peace Building Alliance and UNICEF.
For more, send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org