Somalia's ex-PM Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo elected president

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, the newly elected president of Somalia, speaks in Mogadishu on February 8, 2017 after his victory was announced. PHOTO | MUSTAFA HAJI ABDINUR | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The 55-year-old father of four, better known as Farmajo, holds both American and Somali citizenship.
  • Civilians took to the streets and soldiers fired celebratory gunfire in the capital Mogadishu.
  • Somali refugees in Dadaab also erupted with joy and sang the national anthem when hearing Farmajo had won.



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