The south west state assembly voted unanimously to elect Abdiaziz Lafta Gareen as new president during an election held on Wednesday in Baidoa, a town, some 250km south west of Somali capital Mogadishu
The electoral commission said Lafta Gareen won 103 votes against his closest contender Aden Saransor who garnered 22 votes.
The commission said five candidates, including Lafta Garen have contested for the leadership of Southwest state.
The election took place amid tight security in the city with troops blocked the roads.
Heavily armed Somalipolice and Ethiopian soldiers were visible to the main streets of Baidoa town.
Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed ‘Laftagareen is also a prominent politician in Somalia who held different powerful positions in the federal government of Somalia.
Laftagareen who was the federal government choice now becomes the second president of South West since the regional state was formed.