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Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Becomes The First Somali President To Win A Second Term Five Years After He Was Voted Out.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was chosen as Somalia’s new president on Sunday, returning to the helm for a second stint five years after he was voted out.

Mohamud defeated the incumbent, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, in a runoff after three rounds of voting in an election that has been delayed for over a year.

The newly elected president saw off his rival by securing 214 votes in the runoff while Mohamed could only muster 110 ballots in his favor.

The members of parliament and senators who chose Mohamud were elected by delegates chosen by clan leaders. It had been hoped that the president would be elected by the people of Somalia under universal suffrage, but this plan was eventually abandoned by the country’s political elite.

News of Mohamud’s victory was greeted with cheering and the firing of gunshots into the air around the capital Mogadishu.

Mohamed and Mohamud sat side-by-side Sunday, watching calmly as the ballots were counted.

“Hassan Sheik Mohamud is the winner of the election for the president of the Somali Federal republic,” said the speaker of the lower house, Sheikh Adan Mohamed Nur

Mohamed conceded defeat, and Mohamud was immediately sworn in.

Mohamud has said he will try to move his country forward by healing the grievances which run through Somali society.

Mr Mohamud is the first man to win back the presidency after being voted out of office, but he faces a daunting in-tray at the start of his second term: Somalia has been crippled by years of Islamist insurgency and is currently being ravaged by a severe drought.

“We have to move ahead, we do not need grudges. No avenging,” Mr. Mohamud is quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

His election in a vote delayed by over a year means a $400m (£327m) aid package from the International Monetary Fund now won’t automatically expire this month.

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