Somali Lawmakers Elect Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as New President

Somali legislators elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new president for a second time after a final vote on May 15.

Mohamud, who was voted out of power in 2017, won the presidency again after receiving 214 votes in the third round of voting among Somali legislators in a heavily fortified area.

Mohamud defeated incumbent President Mohamed Abudallahi Farmajo who received 110 votes.

Three members of parliament (MPs) reportedly spoiled their ballots.

The ballot was limited to 328 MPs due to security concerns, instability, and lack of democratic accountability.

The election was delayed for nearly 15 months due to infighting and security issues. But it had to be held this month to ensure a $400 million International Monetary Fund program.

The capital Mogdishu is under a total lockdown until May 16 morning.

Mohamud, 66, will serve for the next four years and faces an impact of the worst drought in the African nation in four decades, in which the United Nations says 3.5 million Somalis are at risk of severe famine.

Somalia also faces food and fuel inflation due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Somalia has not had a one-person-one-vote democratic election since 1969.

This is only the third time that the indirect election for president has been held in Somalia itself. Previously, they were held in neighboring Kenya and Djibouti.

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