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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo elected as Somalia's new president

Mogadishu (CNN)Somalia's Parliament elected former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as the country's new president Wednesday.

Farmajo was declared victorious after incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud dropped out of the contest following the second round of voting.



Amid rising security concerns, the 328 members of Parliament met at an air force hangar in Mogadishu to cast their votes.

Farmajo's victory was greeted by celebratory gunfire in government-controlled areas of the country.
"Somalia moving forward towards progress," tweeted the nation's minister of foreign affairs, Abdusalam H. Omer, in reaction to Farmajo's win.

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