WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- The White House Monday congratulated new Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, calling his election "a crucial step forward" along the path of the nation's rebuilding.
"The United States calls on Somalia's leaders to usher in a new era of governance that is responsive, representative and accountable," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
Hassan was elected on Monday by parliamentary members, beating incumbent president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in a 190 to 79 vote.
Upon taking office, Hassan has to name within 30 days a new prime minister, who in turn will form a cabinet that will lead the country for the next four years.
"While today's vote marks the end of the transition period, much work remains to be done," Carney added, calling on the international community to reaffirm its commitment to Somalia.