The International community has supported the election of Somalia's new president saying it's a step toward moving the country out of its failed state status but still much more needs to be done to achieve that goal.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a political newcomer, won the election against outgoing President Sheik Sharif Sheikh Ahmed by the legislative vote of 190 to 79.

Somalia has had transitional administrations since 2004. Mohamud, an academic and activist, is expected to form the county's first functioning central government since 1991.

The U.S. said Monday's vote is a crucial step forward in building a representative government.

A statement from the White House encourages Mohamud to strengthen democratic institutions, improve stability and security and bring tangible improvements to the lives of Somalis.