Somalia’s newly-installed lawmakers chose a speaker of parliament on Wednesday in a vote that, according to the country’s clan-based politics, rules out at least one leading presidential candidate.
The re-election of former speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari took place at a heavily-guarded police academy in the capital Mogadishu where he won 141 votes from 259 MPs, enough for a first-round victory, according to Osman Elmi Boqore who chaired the session.
Fears that Somalia’s Shabaab insurgents might target the election meant the area close to the voting was on lock-down with many other roads around the city also closed to civilian vehicles.
Clan is the organising principle of Somalia’s politics with influential roles such as speaker, prime minister and president divided among the main clans.
The election of 71-year-old Jawari, a member of the Digil and Mirifle clan, means that his fellow clansman, the president of Somalia’s federal South West state, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, will be forced to withdraw from the presidential race.
The remaining frontrunners are from two of the major clans, the Hawiye and Darod.
Current President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a 61-year-old former academic and civil society activist from the Hawiye clan is seeking re-election.
Also in the running is ex-president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, a fellow Hawiye and 52-year-old former leader of the Islamic Courts Union which pacified Somalia before being driven out by US-backed Ethiopian troops.
The leading Darod candidates are the current Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Shamarke, 56, and a former prime minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmajo’, 55. Both hold dual nationalities having lived for years in Canada and the US respectively.
Jawari’s previous term as speaker was characterised by political wrangling and grindingly slow legislative progress, but he cemented his reputation as an outspoken politician who took a tough stance on disputes in parliament.
“I promise to lead the house of the people with integrity,” Jawari said after his election.
The election of the parliamentary speaker marks the beginning of the end of Somalia’s drawn-out electoral process that saw 14 025 delegates voting for 275 parliamentary seats distributed according to clan with the 72 seats in a new upper house shared out according to region.
Some seats remain unfilled, but sufficient lawmakers were sworn in late last month to move forward with votes for speakers of both houses and the presidency, expected later this month.
Somalia has not had an effective central government since the 1991 overthrow of president Siad Barre’s military regime which ushered in decades of anarchy and conflict in a country deeply divided along clan lines.
The clan rivalries and lawlessness provided fertile ground for the Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab to take hold and seize territory, frustrating efforts to set up a central administration.
After a series of transitional governments were formed abroad, a previous parliament was chosen by 135 clan elders and set up in Mogadishu in 2012.
The 2016 process is seen as taking the country a step closer to a universal suffrage election now planned for 2020.
Somaliland Head To Polls For Councillors And MPs On May 31, 2021 Last updated May 31, 2021
Voters in the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland are heading to the polls on May, 31 to choose their member of parliament for the first time since 2005.
Somaliland broke off from mainland Somalia after the regime of Siad Barre in 1991.
The 5.2 Million citizens of Somaliland will be making yet another stab at global recognition as some 1.3 million voters head to the polls to choose 82 members of parliament and 247 local councils.
An election whose measure of democracy Somaliland hopes to use in its quest to certify its sovereignty.
Somaliland’s three political parties in the polls are opposition politicians Faisal Warabe’s UCID, Wadani led by another opposition leader Abdirahman Erye and President Muse Bihi Kulmiye party.
The elections is observed by over a hundred international observers including Uganda’s former opposition leader, Kizza Besigye and ex-president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Korma.
”Our visit to the headquarters of the Somaliland National Electoral Commission left us with a good impression about the Commission’s preparedness to conduct peaceful and credible elections,” said in a Twitter post.
The elections are taking place in six regions of Somaliland, namely Awdal, Sahil, Marodi-Jeeh, Toghdeer, Sanaag and Sool.
3 Somalia Regional States Say No To Farmaajo Term Extension.
The regional state leaders of Southwest, HirShabelle, and Galmudug allied with incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo have opposed to any form of extension on Tuesday evening.
In a joint statement Galmudug and HirShabelle called for dialogue based on 17 September pact.
“We agreed that the country should hold elections as soon as possible and that any form of extension should be abolished,” read part of the joint statement by HirShabelle and Galmudug.
Southwest leader Abdiaziz laftagaren also opposed the term extension of the President just an hour after Galmudug and HirShabelle released a joint statement.
The move by the three regional states allied to President was welcomed by Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble who also instructed the military commanders to pull back forces to their locations and barracks.
“I would like to welcome the press statements made by Galmudug and HirShabelle federal states, ” PM Roboe said in a statement.
“I call on the FMS states of Puntland and Jubaland and Benadir region to fully commit to a peaceful process in our efforts to hold free and inclusive election, ” he added.
United Nations, United Kingdom, United States and opposition leaders including former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud commended the move by the regional states.
“The UN in Somalia noting statements by Qoorqqor, Ali Gudlawe, PM Roble and others recalls int’l partners position: consensus is vital for any electoral process; only 17 September model can be endorsed by FGS and all FMS; all parties must reject violence and resume dialogue, ” the United Nations said.
The development comes as families in some parts of Mogadishu fleed from their residences and moved to other district followings clashes.
Somali Gov’t Warns Al-Shabaab & ISIS Will Capitalize On SNA Faction Clashes.
Somali National Security Minister Hassan Hundubey has warned opposition groups to be wary of “unknown elements” including Al-Shabaab and Daesh who might seek to use the current crisis to inflict harm to the public.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday said that the government may take action to confront people with the “behaviour of militias” who are taking advantage of the situation.
“The government has enough troops to take control of the city. It is Ramadan, but more actions need to be taken to prevent it.” mr. Hundebey said.
”The reason the prime minister called for dialogue is that the government does not want the fighting to affect the residence,” he added.
The remarks by the interior minister come hours after the international partners strongly condemned the outbreak of violence in the capital.
“We are alarmed especially by the emerging fragmentation of the Somali National Army along clan lines, which detracts from its primary task of combating Al Shabab and protecting the Somali population. Use of security forces for the pursuit of political objectives is unacceptable” the statement read in part.
As tensions increase in Mogadishu following Sunday clashes between government soldiers and those who were against President Farmaajo’s two years term extension.
Ra’isul Wasaaraha Dalka Suudaan Oo Xabsi Guri la Geliyey.
Qaar Ka Mid Ah Degaanada Puntland Oo Loo Dareeray Doorasho Qof Iyo Cod Ah
Dagaal Mar Kale Dib Uga Qarxay Magaalada Guriceel.
DFS & Dowlad Goboleedyada Oo Warsaxaafadeed Ka Soo Saaray Xaalada Abaaraha Dalka.
Bashiir Goobe Oo Maanta Loo Dhaariyay Xilka Cusub Ee loo Magacaabay.
Wararkii Ugu Dandeeyey Xaalada Degmada Guriceel.
Ciidanka Nabadsugida Soomaaliya Oo Howlgal Ka Sameeyay Gobalka Gedo.
Axmed Madoobe Oo Daah-Furay Hanaanka Adeeg Dadaajinta Ee Dowladaha Hoose
Ciidamada Dawlada Iyo Kuwa Maamulka Galmudug Oo Lawareegey Guriceel.
Warar Dheeraad ah Oo Laga Helaayo Dagaal Culus Oo Weli Ka Socda Magaalada Guriceel.
Ahmed Madoobe Oo Kulan Laqaatay Guddiga Doorashooyinka.
Dagaal Xoogan Oo Goor Dhow Ka Qarxay Magaalada Guriceel
Qoor Qoor Oo loogu Baaqay Soo Dhameystirka Doorashada Aqalka Sare.
Jubaland Oo Soo Gabgabaysay Doorashada Kuraasta Aqalka Saare.
Farmaajo Oo Kulan Laqaatay Wasiirka Amniga iyo Bashiir Goobe
Farmaajo Iyo Rooble Oo Xalay Kulan Ku Yeeshay Xarunta Madaxtooyada.
Wararkii ugu dambeeyay Gobolka Galgaduud iyo Barakac billawday magalada gureceel
Ciidanka Kenya oo dad shacab ah ku dilay Gobolka Jubbada hoose
Gudoomiyaha midowga musharixiinta oo kulan laqaatay madax weenaha maamulka Hirshabeele
Dadka Ku Dhaqan Guriceel Oo Maanta Bilaaway Inay Ka Barakacaan.
Soomaaliya iyo Serbia Oo Kawada Hadlay Sidii Loo Hormarin Lahaa Ganacsiga.
Ciidamada Dawlada Oo Dhaqdhaqaaq Kawada Duleedka Guriceel.
Maxkamadda ICJ Oo Maanta Go’aan ka Gaareysa Dacwadda Badda Ee Somalia & Kenya.
Hey’addaha Ammaanka oo soo bandhigay Taleefan Nambar oo shacabka ka soo wici karaan
Saldhig cusub oo boolis oo maanta laga furay Garoonka Aadan Cadde (Daawo Sawirada)
Kulan ay isgu yimaadeen Golaha Odayaasha dhaqanka Qowmiyadda Beelaha Banaadiriga iyo Golaha Isbadal doon ka siyaasada banaadiriga ayaa waxa ay kasoosaareen war saxaafadeed
Yuusuf Maxamed Siyaad (Indha Cadde) oo ka hadlay sababaha keenay in al-shabaab puntland gaaraan
Maxkamadda Ciidamada Qalabka Sida oo 3 Ruux xukun ku riday
Baarlamaanka Somaliya, ayaa weli ku guda jira la xisaabtanka Xukuumadda Ra’iisul Wasaare Cumar C/rashiid Cali Sharmaake
Amp: Somaliya u fadhida Pakistan ayaa kulan la qaadatay wasiirada wax barashada iyo caafimaadka ee dalka Pakistan.
Maxamed Cabdi Afey ayaa sheegay in dadaal u geli doonaan sidii Maxkamadda caalamiga xafiis uga furan laheyd Soomaaliya
Golaha Aqalka Sare ee Dalaka Ayaa Canbaareeyey Falkii Ka Dhacay Guriga Cabdi qaybdiid
C/raxmaan C/shakuur “Waa in baaritaan madax banaan lagu sameeyo hantida laga dhacay Bankiga Dhexe”
Wasaaradda Owqaafta iyo Arrimaha Diinta ayaa Soo Saartay War Saxaafadeed ku wajahan Maamullada Masaajidda iyo Xarumaha Diinta
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Ra’iisul Wasaare Khayre oo kormeer ku tagey qaar kamid ah Xarumaha Wasaaradaha
Madaxweyne Xasan Sheekh oo Muqdisho ku soo laabtay
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Madaxweynayaasha Turkiga iyo Suudaan oo kala saxiixday Heshiisyo iskaashi
Dagaal yahanada Xuutiyiinta Yemen ayaa Gandaal ku Riday Caasimada Sacuudiga ee Riyadh
Madaxweyne Erdogan; “Israel waa Dal Argagaxiso ahna Dilaaga Carruurta.”
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