September 10, 2012 / 6:16 PM / in 5 years

Somali lawmakers elect Mohamud as next president

MOGADISHU, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Somalia’s lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Monday for Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country’s next president, with the streets of the capital erupting into celebratory gunfire, Reuters witnesses said.

Two of the four candidates who made it to the second round of voting opted out, leaving the incumbent President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed and Mohamud.

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