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Gunfire Welcomes Ex-President’s Return to Power in Somalia

  • Hassan Sheikh Mohamud elected after three rounds of voting
  • Mohamud previously served as president of Somalia in 2017
Former President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was was re-appointed to the post on Sunday.

Former President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was was re-appointed to the post on Sunday.

Photographer: Abukar Mohamed Muhudin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a former Somali president, was re-appointed to the post Sunday by lawmakers in the war-torn nation’s presidential election.

Mohamud, 66, beat incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and two challengers in three rounds of voting in the capital, Mogadishu. His re-election was welcomed by bursts of gunfire on the streets of the city on Sunday night.