Somalia warns severe drought could affect 8 million people
According to Puntland SEIT, only two ex-MPs won re-election as the rest are fresh faces joining the next house. Gamal Mohamed Hassan, the current Somalia’s planning minister was barred from the contest.
BOSSASO, Somalia - Sixteen new lawmakers have been elected in Bossaso city on Saturday, becoming members of Somalia's upcoming 11th parliament. These are 37 seats allocated to Puntland.
Clan delegates have cast their votes among 32 candidates vying for the Lower House seats with each MP wanting to win over 50 out of the 101 voters in accordance with the current electoral law in Somalia.
The indirect election didn’t take place in a transparent and fair manner after the projected candidates emerged victorious, who has been backed by the sitting Puntland president Said Abdullahi Deni.
According to Puntland SEIT, only two ex-MPs won re-election as the rest are fresh faces joining the next house. Gamal Mohamed Hassan, current Somalia’s planning minister was barred from the contest.
Hassan, who was a fierce critic of Deni joined a long list of Federal ministers from Mogadishu who were denied their rights to compete for parliamentary seats in their Puntland constituency due to the fallout.
The former Somali police commissioner Gen Bashir Ameriko, who was a close ally of Deni was elected as a new MP. He worked at Puntland presidency since losing job in Mogadishu.
As Keydmedia Online reported early, Deni is eyeing the top Somali seat as he is preparing to run for president after getting a pledge of support from the United Arab Emirates [UAE], a rival of Qatar.
The country is experiencing the worst drought since the 2011 famine following the failure of three consecutive rainy seasons, resulting in the destruction of livestock and crops.