Somalia: Former Somali President Returns to Power, Vows to Return the Country to Stability

Somalia's newly elected president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (right) holds hands with incumbent president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (left) after winning the elections in Mogadishu, Somalia May 16, 2022.

Somalilandsun: Somalia’s parliament elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country’s tenth president on Sunday, in a vote broadcast live on national TV.

Mohamud previously served as president from September 2012 to February 2017 and is now the first leader of the country elected twice as Somalia’s head of state.

After his election he vowed to “work on a stable politics that leads Somalia to agreement and the world to agreement.

In the vote conducted by lawmakers and aired by all  Somali language Television stations, Mohamud defeated outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo, whose rule came under scrutiny late last year as he suspended the powers of the prime minister amid an ongoing tussle for power, triggering calls for calm from the US and UK, and raising concerns of political violence.

Farmajo conceded defeat early Monday and congratulated Mohamud, urging support for the incoming administration.