Former Somali president elected MP before vying for the top seat

Ahmed has on Sunday won a landslide victory over the race for the HOP146 seat vacated by Somali security minister Abdullahi Mohamed Nur, who allowed the former leader to become a federal lawmaker.

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Former Somali president elected MP before vying for the top seat

JOWHAR, Somalia – The former Somali president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has been elected as the new MP in his Jowhar constituency, joining the 11th parliament of the Horn of Africa country.

Ahmed has on Sunday won a landslide victory over the race for the HOP146 seat vacated by Somali security minister Abdullahi Mohamed Nur, who allowed the former leader to become a federal lawmaker.

The election took place in a show of hands after his rival candidate withdrew from the contest that gave Ahmed to receive all 101 votes cast by the electoral delegates, according to the HirShabelle polls body.

In a brief speech at the polling station, the former president has thanked the elected delegates for voting him to become MP. He promised to serve the community belonging to the seat fairly and effectively.

Ahmed, who is credited for holding the first election in Mogadishu after a decade of conflict and flushing Al-Shabaab out of Mogadishu is a candidate for the presidency of Somalia and running in the coming vote.

He will face his successor Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who served as president from 2012-to 2016, and other heavyweight candidates, including incumbent Farmajo, ex-PM Hassan Ali Khaire, and Abdirahman Abdishakur.

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