Mohamud, a former university professor and dean, became the new Somali president on September 10, 2011 by defeating former president, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, by 190 votes to 79. He stayed in Somalia throughout the civil war, contributing to society with academic, charitable and political work. He inherits a host of problems, including how to tackle the Al-Shabab militants.
Birth: 29 November 1955 (Age: 61)
Source of Influence: Political
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