Somalia: Somali diplomat Mohamed Farmajo wins Presidential election

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Newly-elected Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of Somalia was sworn in late Wednesday in the capital, Mogadishu.

Outgoing President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, in his graceful concession speech, said he had put the country's best interests first.

The outcome of the presidential election by Members of the Federal Parliament was greeted with celebrations which erupted immediately after the Farmajo’s victory was announced by the Speaker of the House of the People, Mohamed Osman Jawari.

The balloting, held under tight security measures in a hangar of the Somali Air Force at Mogadishu’s international airport, was witnessed by prominent members of the international community led by the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Francisco Caetano Madeira; and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating.

Somali nationals in Eastleigh district of neighbouring Kenya's capital, Nairobi, also poured into the streets to celebrate the win by Farmajo, a Somali diplomat, academic and a former Prime Minister.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional organisation which has been spearheading the Somali peace process, hailed the holding of elections.

“IGAD commends Somalia for the efforts and commitment despite the numerous challenges towards establishing a secure, peaceful and prosperous Somalia,” IGAD secretariat said in a statement.

“IGAD reassures its commitment to the people and government of Somalia and its other member states of its support for a secure, peaceful and integrated region and continent,” the statement added.

Commentators on Somali politics praised leaders of the troubled Horn of Africa country for holding a mature political contest, which resulted in credible polls, without any violence.

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08 february 2017 18:57:16

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