Somalia elects first new president in decades

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_SSD130415AA003.jpegMOGADISHU, Somalia — War-torn Somalia elected its first president in decades Wednesday evening, prompting street celebrations for the east African nation’s rare and successful exercise of democracy.

A former prime minister who has dual Somali-.U.S. citizenship, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, won the presidency after two rounds of voting by members of parliament. He beat incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who conceded and avoided the need of a third round.

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