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Islamist leader elected Somali president

MODERATE Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed won the Somali presidency in a parliamentary vote in Djibouti early today, paving the way for a national unity government for the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, reports reaching here said.

Sheikh Sharif, who heads the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia, garnered the majority of votes just before 4:00 am (01:00 GMT) during a run-off vote in a parliament session.

He defeated Maslah Mohamed Siad Barre, a general and the son of a former president, in the second round of voting.

In his mid-40s, Sheikh Sharif was also chairman of the Islamic Courts Union that drove warlords from Mogadishu and has run the capital for six months in 2006.


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