Mogadishu (The Times Groupe)- Somali lawmakers from both houses of parliament gathered in a hangar inside heavily fortified Mogadishu International Airport Sunday to elect Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as president, defeating incumbent Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo.
214 out of 327 votes were cast for Mohamed’s immediate predecessor, Mohamud.
Somali parliament speaker Sheikh Adan Mohamed Nuur Madobe, who announced the results, said the incumbent president received 110 votes, while three votes were disqualified.
Three rounds and 36 candidates took part in the election, which was very tense.
In his concession speech, Mohammed said, “I thank all of the members of parliament who voted for me and those who did not vote for me.”
In the minutes following the announcement of the results, Mohamud was sworn in and thanked his predecessor for the peaceful transfer of power.