Mogadishu, Feb 10: Somalian Federal Parliament elected Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a former Prime Minister, as its new President on Wednesday, ANI reports.
Farmajo is a dual US-Somali citizen, and was declared victorious on Wednesday after incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud dropped out of the contest following a second round of voting.
Amid rising security concerns, the 328 parliament members met in the Air Force hangar in Mogadishu to cast their votes. Mohamud, who was the President since 2012, withdrew from the final ballot after losing 184 to 97 to Farmajo in the second round, ANI reports.
Somalia, located in the Horn of Africa, has been experiencing civil wars and disintegration since 1991 when warlords ousted its dictator, Siad Barre. Farmajo, who operated as Prime Minister for eight months in 2011, brings hope to the war-torn country and its citizens.
His victory was greeted with celebratory gunfire in government-controlled areas of the country.