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The opposition candidates, civil society groups, and politicians from northern regions [Somaliland] have opposed the new Lower House election procedures.
Officials at the Ministry of Finance who spoke to KON on condition of anonymity denied that there was a two-month salary arrear, saying that only in July some civil servants did not receive their dues.
The leaders of the Federal Government and regional states have been in deadlock over the electoral process for months before reaching a deal on May 27.
Ali Sheikh Mohamud Ga’al won the second seat with 68 votes against his opponent Abdulkadir Ali Ahmed, who received 22 votes. One vote became invalid.
Abdi Hakim Moalim Ahmed, who has been a member of the Lower House for the past four years now moved to the Upper House after winning the seat with no challenge.
Ilyas Badal Gaboose became the first Senator elected to the Upper House chamber of Somalia's 11th parliament.
Somali leaders signed an electoral deal on May 27 following talks that ended months of political turmoil in the country.
The outgoing president Farmajo won the 2017 election after receiving millions of US dollars from Qatar through Fahad Yasin, a former Al Jazeera journalist currently serving as spy head.
One seat in parliament was bought for $ 1 million during the 2016 house poll by the owner of one of the airlines operating in Somalia, breaking a record of election corruption in Africa, maybe across the world.
The outgoing Somali Federal Government is set to hold troubled national elections by the end of July 2021.
The leaders of the five regional states in Somalia and the PM are expected to hold key talks in Mogadishu, in the latest attempt to iron out the long-running electoral deadlock.