Somalia gets a new President
Somalia’s new parliament has voted for a change of president in the first move to form a working government after twenty years.
After round one of the election there were four candidates set to run in the second round, but two candidates withdrew making it a straight fight between incumbent president Sheikh Sharif Ahmed and newcomer Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud.
In the second round Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud received 190 votes to 79 for the incumbent president and was declared the winner.
The new president founded the social democratic, Peace and Development Party, last year and entered politics for the first time. Prior to that he had worked for UNICEF and co-founded the Somali Institute of Management and Administration (SIMAD) where he taught and which has since become a university. He speaks Somali and English and has a master’s degree from Bhopal University.