Somalia's parliament elects a professor as the country's new president

Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia - MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's Parliament has elected a new president of the country's fledgling government.

Members of the international community have called the move a key step toward the east African nation's transition from a war-torn failed state to a nation with an effective government.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a professor, won Monday's election against outgoing President Sheik Sharif Sheikh Ahmed by a legislative vote of 190 to 79, according to Parliament Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari.

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