MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia’s Jubbaland parliament has re-elected Sheikh Abdi Mohamed Abdirahman as Speaker ahead of the region’s presidential leadership election.
Hon. Abdirahman gained 55 votes out of the 73-member parliament while his rival Hussein Shiinow Ali received 18 votes.
But, the opposition-backed Jubbaland Parliament ‘elected’ their own Speaker, Ibrahim Nur Hassan.
The move by the rival parliament comes just two hours after the regional-government-backed Parliament picked own Speaker.
The move could further complicate parallel processes in the region. last week UN AND AU delegation visited Kismayo city to urge jubbaland leadership to Recognize that this process remains heavily contested, the delegation expressed concern that this situation, if unresolved, could have a destabilizing effect on Jubaland, at a time when preserving unity and stability is of vital importance. In another development On today’s UNSOM letter to Jubbaland Election Committee regrettably rejected the three extension days made by the committee. UNSOM stressed the importance of a single, transparent, agreed, credible and peaceful process which enjoys the support of the people of Jubbaland and fosters unity among all Jubbaland communities.
Unless the key concerns of all stakeholders are addressed, there is a serious risk that the outcome of electoral process will not enjoy the broad support necessary to maintain unity and stability in Jubbaland and thereby consolidate Somalia’s state building.