Robbery at gunpoint on the rise in Somali capital
HirShabelle becomes the last Somali regional state to hold the long-delayed Upper House election which is overshadowed by corruption.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - HirShabelle President Ali Gudlawe has on Wednesday announced the list of candidates for the upper house chamber of upcoming Somalia's national assembly.
As shown in the list seen by Keydmedia English, Gudlawe's line-up is very different from other counterpart regional leaders, with some seats will be contested by more than five candidates.
The highly competitive seat is the one that brought together Muse Sudi, a former Senator, who is seeking re-election, Abdullahi Sheikh Hassan, Ahmed Da'i, and Muheyadin Hassan Afrah.
Mohamud Ahmed Nur [Tarsan], current Somalia's ambassador to Kenya is among the candidates and he is expected to contest against the sitting Senator Omsna Dr. Dufle.
Amid calls for women's 30% representation in the parliament, Gudlawe included seven female candidates in the 25 hopefuls running for the eight seats representing his state in the Senate.
The regional state becomes the lastest one to hold the Senate election with Jubaland and Galmudug are yet to complete vote for their seats due to dispute among some clans.
The election in Somalia was delayed three times since last December after a political crisis erupted between the regional states and the outgoing president Farmajo over the process.
The security in Mogadishu has been worsening over the past months following the increase in armed robbery by armed men in the military uniform.