Jan 27, 2023

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Somalia election: Ex-president Mohamoud sworn in after win

Somalia’s former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud was re-elected to office on Sunday night after an intense contest with incumbent Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.

The victory was announced after three rounds of voting, in which he beat his rival 214 110 votes.

It was a repeat of the February 8, 2017 contest when Mohamoud conceded defeat to Farmaajo, a newcomer at the time.

Mohamoud and Farmaajo then went in the third round in the second ballot against two other candidates. Only four candidates had advanced to the second round of voting.

Results of the second round:

  1. Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud – 110
  2. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo – 83
  3. Saed Abdullahi Deni – 68
  4. Hassan Ali Khaire – 63

In in the third round, the winner needed a simple majority to win.

On Sunday, benefiting from a highly organized campaign and resource mobilization, Mohamoud improved in each voting round, earning more votes from the bicameral federal parliament .

Around 327 of the 329 eligible MPs took part in the election, according to Speaker of the House of the People (Lower House), Sheikh Aden Mohamed Nur Madobe.

“Candidate Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo received 110 votes, while candidate Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud received 214 votes; 3 votes were spoiled,” announced spokesman Madobe.

After announcing his victory, Mohamoud was immediately sworn in by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Bashe Yusuf Ahmed.

In a In his brief Speech, Mohamoud pledged to reunite the nation and work with all stakeholders at all levels of government.

“Let’s work together for the good of our people and our country,” he told the audience.

< p>Mohamoud was President of Somalia from 2012 to 2017.