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Todays's Senate election in Somalia paved the path for the Lower House election, which is set to take place on Wednesday, April 27.
Newly sworn-in legislators are finally settling in in Somalia’s parliament, a certain move towards the much-awaited presidential elections later in the year, after a long and protracted process that at some point seemed to divide rather than unite the country.
We'll look at the candidates for the leadership of Somalia's 11th parliament in this series.
This Year a veteran MP who served under the Somali Transitional National Parliament from 2000 to 2003 following the Arte agreement of 2000 is running for the Speaker of Somalia's Lower House.
Mr. Sharif Mohamed first entered Parliament in 2000 and was re-elected in 2012, 2016, and 2022. He is a veteran Member of Parliament (MP) who served under the Somali Transitional National Parliament from 2000 to 2003. During his tenure as an MP, he diligently served as a member of the Parliamentary Social Committee in all the parliamentary houses during his term.
Prior to entering politics, Mr. Sharif accumulated decades of experience in governance and humanitarian affairs in Somalia as part of his contribution to the nation’s rebuilding efforts.
From 1973 until 1990, he worked for the Mogadishu Municipality in different roles, starting as a senior clerk and advancing through the ranks to become a director in the Mayor's Office. He also contributed to the country's humanitarian needs as the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent's Country Representative, a post he held for more than two decades.
Mr. Sharif Mohamed brings his significant parliamentary experience, as well as legal and legislative knowledge, to the table.
"As the Speaker of the House of People, I will ensure that we maintain impartially, order, and defend the rights and privileges of other MPs, including the right to freedom of speech", says Mr. Sharif.
"I'm committed to protecting human rights and ensuring inclusivity of all people including women, people living with disability, and youth. By exercising my oversight mandate, I will ensure that the executive branch of government is kept in check on various issues."
Mr. Sharif was born in Baidoa, Somalia, on November 8, 1954. He is a Somali National University graduate who has completed significant training in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Morocco.
The troops were assumed dead after a UN report said last year that Somali troops have been taken to Ethiopia against their will by their Eritrean trainers and took part in the Tigray war. Most of them were killed.