Somalia Upper Parliament Appoints Speaker, Presidential Election set for Jan. 24

Somalia Upper Parliament Appoints Speaker, Presidential Election set for Jan. 24 Somalia Upper Parliament Appoints Speaker, Presidential Election set for Jan. 24

Somalia’s Upper House of parliament has elected its speaker on Sunday, the last major step toward holding the presidential election that has been delayed several times already.

The 54-member Upper House elected senator Abdi Hashi Abdullahi with 43 out of 51 votes. His opponent, Mustaf Mohamed Qodah, got only nine votes.


Former CEO of Goobjoog Media Abshir Mohamed Ahmed was elected as the first deputy speaker, and Mowlid Hussein Guhad became the second speaker of the upper house.

Speaking to VOA after the election, the first deputy speaker said he was delighted to be elected and vowed to serve the people.

“To get people’s confidence who trust you with their future is not an easy thing, but we will do what we can to serve them” Ahmed added.

The Lower House elected it speaker on January 11, and Sunday’s upper house leadership election paves the way for the long-awaited presidential election delayed four times amid allegation of vote-buying and intimidation.

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