Former state DOT worker from Buffalo is Somalia's new president

The 328 MPs of the lower and upper Houses participated in the election.

Complicating that process is the fact that Farmajo does not belong to the clan that has led the government and controlled Mogadishu at large for decades.

"We hope that this election will contribute largely to our cross-border peace and stability".

Former Somali prime minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was elected president Wednesday after incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud admitted defeat in a second round of voting by lawmakers. The candidates spoke out after the commander of the police reportedly endorsed President Mohamud for re-election.

Allegations of widespread vote buying overshadowed the electoral process, including the presidential race.

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The leading Darod candidates are Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Shamarke, 56, and a former premier Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed "Farmajo", 55.

"The United States congratulates the people of Somalia on the successful conclusion of their national electoral process". It was symbolic of the vast size of the Somali diaspora.

He was first posted to the Somali embassy in Washington in the 1980s and was studying in the United States when the civil war started in 1991 and he claimed political asylum.

Somalis may share one ethnicity, language and religion, but years of war have hardened the domination of society and politics by a complex family tree of clans, sub-clans, and sub-sub clans, and the differing loyalties and rivalries between them.

The situation has worsened periodic food shortages caused by drought, enabled militant group al-Shabab to seize chunks of territory and for several years, allowed pirates to freely hijack ships off the Somali coast for ransom.

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Somalia was one of seven Muslim-majority countries whose citizens were barred from entering the United States for 90 days by a now-suspended Trump administration executive order.

Because of worries about security, the election was repeatedly delayed.

"When delegates refused to take money and vote a certain way, they would be replaced, intimidated, harassed and, in some incidences. shot", read the report.

Mr. Mohamed, 54, is widely known by his nickname, Farmajo, derived from the Italian word for cheese - reportedly because he loved eating cheese when he was a child in the former Italian colony.

Mohamed has previously served as prime minister in his home country and as noted in the Buffalo News, he also has worked for the state Dept. of Transportation, having attended college in Buffalo. He resigned just eight months later and ran unsuccessfully for president in 2012.

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Somalia has been torn apart by war and starvation over the last quarter of a century, with countries like the USA pouring billions of dollars of aid into the country.


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