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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.