Somalia Ex-Defense Elected Speaker of Somalian Parliament
Somali Ex-Ambassador to Turkey and Ex-Defense Minister Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman has been elected the new speaker of Somalia’s Lower House of Parliament, Somalia’s local media outlets have reported.
Naija News gathered that Abdirahman resigned as minister earlier this month to stand for the position after the previous speaker resigned ahead of a confidence motion against him.
“I assure the Somali citizens that I will honestly serve the country in accordance with the interest of the religion, people and the country,” Abdirahman said after the result of parliament’s vote was announced.
BREAKING: Former Somali Ambassador to Turkey and Ex-Defense Minister Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman (left) elected Speaker of Parliament with 147 votes, he defeats Ibrahim Isak Yarow (right) who got 118 votes; 265 MPs (out of 275) voted. pic.twitter.com/3jQYpNT6Mp
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) April 30, 2018
The House of the People (Lower House) today elected His Excellency Amb. Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman as their new Speaker after Mr. Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari resigned this post on April 09, 2018.#Somalia #Somali #Mogadishu pic.twitter.com/SdfIFyAi1b
— Federal Republic of Somalia?? (@Somalia) April 30, 2018
The previous speaker, Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari, had held his position since 2013 but quit after a dispute with the president that analysts said was fuelled in part by a crisis in the Gulf spilling into the Horn of Africa country.
The president and the former speaker have long been rivals although much of their recent enmity was fuelled by the perception that they back opposite sides in the dispute that erupted last year between Qatar and Turkey against Saudi Arabia and its ally, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).