Outspoken Farmajo critic Sanbalolshe wins parliamentary seat

Last Wednesday, more than 48 people, including Amina Mohamed Abdi, a member of the outgoing parliament were killed and 108 wounded in twin Al-Shabaab suicide explosions in the central city.

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Outspoken Farmajo critic Sanbalolshe wins parliamentary seat

BELEDWEYNE, Somalia – The former intelligence chief Abdullahi Sanbaloshe was elected as a member of the upcoming Somali parliament during a hotly contested election in Beledweyne city on Monday.

The outspoken fierce critic of outgoing president Mohamed Farmaajo has been declared the winner during the first round of the voting exercise after garnering majority votes, according to SEIT.

Sanbalolshe, a well-known figure in Somali politics, won the hop58 seat contested by seven candidates, including former HirShabelle President Ali Abdullahi Osoble. The election was held under tight security.
There was celebratory gunfire in the town following the election victory of Sanbalolshe who was congratulated by HirShabelle leader Gudlawe and his deputy Yusuf Dabaged for winning the HOP058 seat.

Last Wednesday, more than 48 people, including Amina Mohamed Abdi, a member of the outgoing parliament were killed and 108 wounded in twin Al-Shabaab suicide explosions in the central city.

The female MP’s murder was termed a politically motivated assassination as she was fighting for the justice of Ikran Tahlil, NISA’s cybersecurity division head who was killed within the spy agency in 2021.

The fired NISA boss Fahad Yasin was among five suspects accused of Ikran Tahlil’s killing with the slain girl’s mother Qali Guhad blaming Villa Somalia for hunting everyone who speak on the murder case.

Mohamed Abdi Ware who served as HirShabelle state president warned of assassination against opposition candidates in Beledweyne, including Sanbalolshe as Farmajo wants his cronies to win.

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