Somalia’s Senate elects new speaker and two deputies

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The Lower House is expected to elect a speaker and two deputies on Wednesday, April 27 at the same site. The two houses will jointly choose a president in the coming months, according to the plan.

Somalia’s Senate elects new speaker and two deputies

Ali Sha'ban [L], Abdi Hashi [C] and Tima'adde [R] pose a picture after their election - Senate [KON Montage]

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The upper house of parliament has today elected a speaker and two deputies in an election held in Afisyoni, a heavily fortified venue at Mogadishu International Airport.

Abdi Hashi Abdullahi, 76, was re-elected as speaker of the Senate, defeating ministers of information and constitutional affairs Osman Dubbe and Salah Jama respectively in the first round of the voting exercise.

Ali Sha'ban Ibrahim, a young political novice elected from HirShabelle state as a senator, won the post of First Deputy Speaker, defeating Senator Abdihakin Moalim in the second round of the election.

The former Puntland state information minister Abdullahi Tima’adde was elected as the second deputy after winning 30 votes while his close contender Abdullahi Sheikh Isma’il [Fartaag] got 23 votes.

The outgoing President Farmajo, PM Roble, and the presidential candidates congratulated the new Senate leadership, wishing them to discharge their duties with integrity in line with the constitution.

The Lower House is expected to elect a speaker and two deputies on Wednesday, April 27 at the same site. The two houses will jointly choose a president in the coming months, according to the plan.

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