UN looks forward to working with new Somali president

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The flag of the Federal Republic of Somalia (centre) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The UN has congratulated Somalia's new president who was elected by parliamentarians in the capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday.

Mohamed Abdullahi, known by the nickname “Farmajo,” is a former Somalian prime minister.

He emerged the victor from a field of more than 20 candidates, including the incumbent.

The presidential vote closes out an electoral season which began with parliamentary elections in October.

As Somalia does not have the institutions to hold one-person, one-vote elections, a hybrid electoral system was developed which was supported by the international community.

Dianne Penn has been speaking to Joe Contreras, spokesperson at the UN mission in the country, UNSOM.

Duration: 3'44″

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