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Somalia elects Speaker, deputies – The East African


By AGGREY MUTAMBO

The Opposition in Somalia is driving excessive after clinching victory within the Wednesday race to regulate the federal parliament after candidates from their caucuses gained the vote to develop into audio system of the bicameral legislature.

Mohamed Mursal Abdurahman, the outgoing Speaker of the tenth parliament, withdrew his bid leaving seven different all-male candidates.

At the top of the night on the Afisyoni Hanger, the massive tent inside Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle Airport, Sheikh Aden Mohamed Nur ‘’Madobe’’ (not associated to Jubbaland’s President Ahmed Mohamed Islam Madobe) and Abdi Hashi had been elected to steer Somalia’s bicameral parliament, ending months of hysteria. The subsequent race is the presidential election in May.

The 275-member House of the People additionally voted in two Deputy Speakers.

Hashi, a local of and now the senior-most politician the self-declared unbiased Somaliland, retained his publish after driving out a problem mounted by pro-President Mohamed Farmaajo candidates.

Hashi will head the 54-member Senate. Both Houses will now sit a joint session to elect a president in a secret poll.

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Mohamed Nur ‘’Madobe,’’ who will now head the House of the People, often known as the Lower House, isn’t any stranger to parliament having served in the identical capability through the transitional authorities period within the 2000s.

He was amongst leaders of the southwestern areas through the Nineties civil struggle and have become a member of the Transitional Federal Parliament established in 2004. In 2007, he grew to become the Speaker of the Transitional Federal Parliament and when president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed resigned in 2008, ‘‘Madobe’’ doubled up as Speaker and interim president of the TFG.

The stakes for the Speakers had been very excessive. Under Somalia’s unfastened electoral association, the Interim Speaker (the oldest particular person within the chamber) Abdisalam Dhabancad oversaw the polls, together with supervising their oath earlier than the vote.

There had been makes an attempt to disrupt the vote and forestall 16 MPs from Gedo allegedly voted in in an unlawful “parallel” election from taking the oath of workplace.

According to a dispatch later from Villa Somalia, President Farmaajo argued that the 16 ought to solely take the oath of workplace after consensus from the native clans in Jubbaland.

It was unclear who was in command of safety through the Speaker’s vote after President Farmaajo revoked a choice by the PM Hussein Roble to ask the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) troops to protect the venue, “in light of the severity of the security challenges impeding the completion of the elections.”

There was a safety void following the suspension of the pinnacle of the Somali Police Force chief Abdi Hassan Hijaar, for an alleged misconduct. Roble’s authorities went additional and accused Hijaar of getting a hand within the incident of the MPs from Gedo.

– Additional reporting by Abdulkadir Khalif



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