Ahmed Du’alle Geelle Haaf has been elected as the President of Galmudug after the regional state’s state assembly elected him as their leader at a vote in Adado on Wednesday.
The former federal lawmaker easily advanced in the first round and went head-to-head with Ahmed Sharif in the 2nd round for the region’s top job. After garnering 53 of a possible 89 votes, Haaf was declared the winner.
Xaaf, a prominent businessman was formerly a federal Member of Parliament but lost his seat in the 2016/2017 Federal elections.
In his victory speech, the newly elected regional president vowed to tackle security in the region while urging close cooperation with neighbouring regional administrations.