Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a former prime minister, and a holder of the U.S. passport, won Somalia’s presidential election on Wednesday 8.02.2017. Voting took place at the international airport compound under tight security measures. The continuous threats from extremist group al-Shabab led to a decision to elect president by people’s representatives, as follows the Farmajo’s victory is regarded as an expression of popular support. 22 politicians registered as presidential candidates, including incumbent president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who already congratulated Farmajo with the victory, assuring peaceful transition of power.
Legislators appointed by the country’s powerful clan leaders cast ballots for Farmajo (55), known for his anti-corruption efforts during eight months he served as prime minister six years ago.