The opposition in Somalia is riding high after winning the race for control of the federal parliament on Wednesday after candidates from their factions won the election to become speaker of the bicameral legislature.
Mohamed Mursal Abdurahman, who was the outgoing Speaker of the 10th Parliament, withdrew his bid, leaving seven other all-male candidates behind.
At the end of the evening in the Afisyoni Hanger, the large tent at Aden Abdulle Airport in Mogadishu , said Sheikh Aden Mohamed Nur ‘ “Madobe” (no relation to Jubbaland’s President Ahmed Mohamed Islam Madobe) and Abdi Hashi were elected to head Somalia’s bicameral parliament, ending months of concern. The next race is the presidential election in May.
The 275-member House of People also elected two deputy speakers.
Hashi, a native of and now the senior politician, self-proclaimed independent Somaliland , retained his post after overcoming a challenge presented by presidential candidate Mohamed Farmaajo.
Hashi will lead the 54-seat Senate. Both chambers will now hold a joint session to elect a president by secret ballot.
Mohamed Nur ”Madobe”, who will now head the House of Commons, also known as the House of Commons, is no stranger to Parliament since he served in the same capacity during the interim government era in the 2000s.
He was among the leaders of the southwestern regions during the civil war of the 1990s and became a member of the interim federal parliament established in 2004. In 2007 he became speaker of the transitional federal parliament, and when President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed resigned in 2008, “Madobe” acted simultaneously as speaker and interim president of the TFG.
The stakes for the speakers were very high. Under Somalia’s loose electoral regime, interim speaker (the senior person in the chamber) Abdisalam Dhabancad oversaw the elections, including overseeing her oath before voting.
There were attempts to disrupt the voting and prevent 16 MPs from voting Gedo allegedly participated in an illegal “parallel” election by taking the oath of office.
According to a later communication from Villa Somalia, President Farmaajo argued that the 16 should only take the oath of office by consensus of the local clans in Jubbaland.
It was unclear who was in charge of security during the speaker’s vote after President Farmaajo rescinded a decision by Prime Minister Hussein Roble to invite troops from the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS). to guard the venue, “given the seriousness of the security issues impeding the completion of the elections.”
After the suspension g the head of the Somali police, Abdi Hassan Hijaar, created a security breach for an alleged wrongdoing. Going further, the Roble government accused Hijaar of involvement in the Gedo MPs incident.
– Additional reporting by Abdulkadir Khalif