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SOMALIE PRESIDENT ELECT HASSAN SHEIKH MOHAMUD PLEDGE TO HEAL THE NATION

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The new president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has said he will try to move his country forward by healing the grievances which run through Somali society.

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 as Somalia has been crippled by years of Islamist insurgency and is currently being ravaged by a severe drought.

He defeated 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.

Mohamud received 214 votes, defeating Farmajo who won 110 votes.

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