Somalia’s new president signals a new era of hope for country
To Farmajo, the answer to the stabilisation of security was the armed forces getting regular pay.
Euphoria erupted in most neighbourhoods of the Somali capital Mogadishu as soon as the presidential electoral committee announced Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, popularly known as Farmajo, had won the poll.
Farmajo attained 184 votes while his opponents, the incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud and predecessor Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, garnered a combined 119 votes in the February 8 contest.
President Mohamoud conceded defeat by taking up the microphone and telling the joint session of the Lower and Upper houses about his decision not to run for a third round.
His decision prompted a rapturous applause, paving the way for Farmajo to be declared president.
Immediately, there were celebrations punctuated with gunfire salutes outside the hall in Afasyoni, a complex next to Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport, where the election was taking place.