Magazine article New Internationalist

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

Magazine article New Internationalist

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

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In an electoral campaign besieged by al- Shabaab fundamentalist violence, former New York municipal employee Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed became president of the problem-plagued Federal Republic of Somalia. Known as 'Farmajo' because of his love of cheese (formaggio in Italian), the 54-year-old had previously had a brief stint as the country's prime minister. On 8 February he won the cross-clan support of the very narrow electorate charged with the country's political future. Farmajo ran on a nationalist platform of freedom from famine and endemic corruption, and opposition to al-Shabaab. He is considered to be the 'least corrupt' of the top candidates in a system traditionally plagued by votebuying among the 275 members of parliament and 54 senators who make the final decision. Somalis have not had a one person, one vote election since 1969. …

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