Somali Govt dispatches troops to Hiran to join war on Al-Shabaab
The election will pave the way for the election of the Lower House which will take place on Wednesday, April 27.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The senators of the 11th parliament are electing a Speaker and his two deputies in an ongoing election at Afisyoni in the vicinity of Mogadishu airport.
Three candidates - Abdi Hashi who has served as the first Senate speaker, outgoing information minister Osman Dubbe and constitutional minister Salah Jama are contesting for the post.
The election means that in a few hours' time the Upper House will have a permanent Speaker to begin the sessions and activities as the country is heading to the presidential vote.
The security of the venue was tightened after a mortar attack on the swearing-in of the new MPs on April 14. The raid shows how Villa Somalia's attempting to disrupt the election.
The 54-seat Senate was created in 2016 to represent the interests of the Federal States in the government. Both houses - 329 lawmakers will elect a new president in a joint session.
The Turkish-trained soldiers will join their colleagues in the army carrying out the operations in the areas near Moqokori, El-Ali, and other towns, where Al-Shabaab is reportedly regrouping for a counterattack.