Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud elected Somalia’s new president; Jawari remains Speaker


Mogadishu, Sept. 10, 2012: Somalia’s parliament speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari on Monday announced Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud as the country’s new president after the academic won


majority of votes.

Mohamoud won by a landslide as he secured 190 votes against the incumbent president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, who made into the final round with a lead in the first round, with 79 votes in the run-off.
The outgoing prime minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali and businessman Abdelkadir Osoble, who came in the third and fourth in the first round, opted out.
“I thank all the members of parliament both those who voted for me and those who vowed against me and I thank the Somali people as well as the international community for their support of Somalia,” Mohamoud said in a speech after his victory.
Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed who ruled the war-torn country since 2009, said he accepted the results of the vote and will work with the new president.


Sheikh Ahmed said he is asking the heads of Somalia’s armed forces, the intelligence and police to take their orders from the new president who also will be the Commander-In-Chief.
The election of the new Somali president marks the end of long drawn transitional period and heralds new era of a stable government for the war-ravaged horn of Africa nation, officials said.
Following the announcement of the result, Somali parliamentarians started singing the country’s national anthem while intense celebratory gunfire was heard throughout Mogadishu.
Residents of the Somali capital Mogadishu expressed appreciation at the result. “I am really pleased that there is a change and we hope the country will even be much better and peace will prevail in Somalia,” Maalin Yusuf, a Mogadishu resident told Xinhua.

Mohamed Jaama, another resident, welcomed the fact that the vote took place in Mogadishu after previous attempts at forming a government were carried out outside Somalia.
The new president, after he formally takes over power from outgoing leader, will have to name a new prime minister within 30 days and the new PM will in turn form a cabinet that will lead the country for the next four years. ref: Xinhua.


Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, and the Nigeria360 e-group. : IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. FULL text of commentary at

• Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. By USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwu 310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate.  on  July 28, 2009.

Jonathan’s Boko Haram problem and firing of Ringim. By Chido Nwangwu

Related and prior reporting on the Jos crises on USAfrica, click here:

News archives related to Jos, here 310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate.  on  July 28, 2009.

For racist Soccer actions, Liverpool’s player Suarez should be suspended.  By Chido Nwangwu. Follow us at and

Trump looks foolish and crazy screaming about Obama’s birth certificates, college records and Muslim connection. By Raynard Jackson
USAfrica: As Egypt’s corrupter-in-chief Mubarak slides into history’s dustbin.  By Chido Nwangwu

Why Chinua Achebe, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa’s writer of the century. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet

The greatest Igbo ODUMEGWU OJUKWU’s great farewell in Aba. By Chido Nwangwu

USAfrica: Ikemba ODUMEGWU OJUKWU’s farewell in Aba, today February 28, 2012, reflected a fitting tribute, historically meaningful celebration, proper regard and deserving appreciation of the greatest Igbo, in my opinion, to have ever lived (like him or hate him).

I SALUTE Aba (aka Enyimba city), the robust and fearless town I was born, bred and raised, for giving the Ikemba, our Ochiagha, Gburugburu, Oka oburu uzo, dike na ndu ma n’onwu, mgbadike anyi, a hero’s farewell.

To the Ikemba, may your valiant soul rest in peace and dignity.

We will, and I, Chido Nwangwu, will never forget to continue to tell my generation and the next about your towering courage through tempest and thunder; through sorrow, pain, tears, blood….

Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet; and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards, was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans.

News: At Ojukwu memorial in Dallas Texas, USAfrica’s Chido Nwangwu challenges the Igbo nation to say never again like Jews.

Ojukwu trouble and Ikemba titles. By Chido Nwangwu

In the light of an icon, my mentor Stanley Macebuh (1942-2010). By Chido Nwangwu

• For seasoned insights and breaking news on these issues, log on to and USAfrica powered e-groups including Nigeria360 at yahoogroups and USAfrica at googlegroups. Follow USAfrica at , and


#BreakingNews and special reports unit of USAfrica multimedia networks, and USAfricaTV

INSECURITY: Boko Haram blows up Nigeria phone towers, kills 15, schools burnt

Previous article

U.S embassy, offices in Egypt and Libya attacked over video depicting Prophet Mohammed having sex

Next article



This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You may also like

More in AFRICA