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>> After an election lasting months, Somalia has a new president. The incumbent conceding defeat to the man on his left, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. A former prime minister who also has U.S. citizenship. He used to work there as a diplomat and is said to be a Republican supporter, but so far hasn't said whether he's a fan of Donald Trump.
Somalia, one of the seven countries hit by the U.S. travel ban. The threat of Islamist insurgents meant the final voting had to be done behind blast-proof walls at Mogadishu's airport, but the election process began long before. 14,000 elders first have to choose the Members of Parliament and senators, who then put forward a list of 21 candidates for president, the victor emerging after three rounds of voting.
We have secured the election and it is a very happy day. We have elected a new president, a new state and a new history. I ask all Somali people to work with the new president and his government. The new president faces a big challenge. Attacks by Al-Shabaab rebels are frequent.
At least 15 people died last month when a car bomb exploded at this hotel. Along with a devastating drought, the fighting has caused a severe food crises. More than 40% of the population don't have enough to eat. On the campaign trail, the new president vowed to root out corruption.
The election itself was riddled withe accusations of vote-buying. But Western donors have hailed it as a step forward, for the last election in 2012, lawmakers were chosen by just a 135 elders.