New Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo sits in the election hall after being elected in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Former prime minister Farmajo who holds dual Somali-U.S. citizenship was declared Somalia's new president Wednesday, immediately taking the oath of office as the long-chaotic country moved toward its first fully functioning central government in a quarter-century. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

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Zuma congratulates new Somalia President

JOHANNESBURG, February 10 (ANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Friday congratulated the newly-elected President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

“President Zuma expressed his commitment to continue working closely with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to enhance the bilateral relations between South Africa and Somalia,” the international relations and cooperation department said in a statement.

“President Zuma furthermore commended all other candidates who immediately accepted the results, thus showing commitment to democratic principles amid attacks by destabilising forces during the weeks preceding the elections. President Zuma further congratulated the people of Somalia for conducting a credible and fair election.”

Zuma congratulated Farmajo on his election as president in the election held on February 8, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa.

– African News Agency (ANA)

New Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo sits in the election hall after being elected in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Former prime minister Farmajo who holds dual Somali-U.S. citizenship was declared Somalia’s new president Wednesday, immediately taking the oath of office as country moved toward its first fully functioning central government in a quarter-century. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

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