Somali-Americans Make History in U.S. Election
The released list of 24 candidates will compete for 11 seats. Only Abdi Hashi is the lone candidate for the first seat with no rival contender.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The outgoing Senate Speaker Abdi Hashi and Deputy PM Mahdi Guledsubmitted a list of candidates for the Somaliland Upper House Seats to PM Roble.
The election of Somaliland seats in the upcoming Somali Senate is the last, with most of the other regional states picked their senators as the country gears up for the Lower House vote.
Abdi Hashi and Mahdi Guled were embroiled in a bitter dispute over control of the Somaliland ballot as Villa Somalia was trying to block the Senate speaker from running again.
The top leaders have last week reached an agreement over their differences and promised to work together in holding a smooth, free and fair election with the support of the PM's office.
The released list of 24 candidates will compete for 11 seats. Only Abdi Hashi is the lone candidate for the first seat with no rival contender. He was cleared to easily retain his seat.
No new date was set for the election of Somaliland's upper house seats which will happen in Mogadishu as the breakaway region claims to be an independent country, not part of Somalia.
Despite repeated delays, the Federal Election Implementation Team [FIET] said the polls are still on track, but moving slowly due to the political standoff between Farmajo and PM Roble.
List of Candidates
Seat 1: Abdi Hashi Abdullahi
Seat 2: Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed (Qorane), and Bashe Mohamed Ismail
Seat 3: Layla Ahmed Ismail and Mohamed Mohamud Abdi
Seat 4: Deeqa Hassan Hussein and Hodan Abokor Hassan
Seat 5: Mohamed Mohamud Allabari, Prof. Abdi Ismail Samatar, and Abdirahman Osman Ali
Seat 6: Bilal Idris Abdillahi and Zeinab Ahmed Boqore
Seat 7: Salah Ahmed Jama and Ibrahim Idle Saleban
Seat 8: Said Abdi Hussein and Jama Abdilahi Mohamed
Seat 9: Abdirizak Ahmed Ali and Hassan Abdi Gas, 3. Ahmed Mohamed Said
Seat 10: Osman Abokor Dubbe and Abdikarim Mohamed Hassan
Seat 11: Muna Omar Hassan and Naima Hassan Haji Mohamud (Gadweyne), and Suad Hassan Mohamed
Ilhan Omar is a Somali-American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district since 2019. She is a member of the Democratic.