Hir-Shabelle Parliament Speaker Election To Be Held Today

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Reports from Jowhar town, the capital of Hir-shabelle region in southern Somalia indicate that the election of the new speaker of the parliament will take place today.

Six candidates for the post of Speaker of the Hir-Shabelle Parliament and his two deputies were heard yesterday.

Security in Jowhar today is tightened. Lawmakers were informed that the poll will happen this morning after it emerged that a former president of Somalia, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed will be in Jowhar to influence the election.

The candidates for the post of Speaker of the Hir-Shabelle Parliament and his two deputies are as follows:

1: MP Abdihakin Luqman Haji Mohamed & MP Mohamed Mohamud Ibrahim (Godir) running for Speaker of Hir-Shabelle Parliament.

2: MP Sadiq Salad Warsame and MP Siraaji Sheikh Ishaq Abdulle running for the post of 1st Deputy Speaker of the 2nd Parliament of Hirshabelle State.

3: MP Mahad Hassan Osman and MP Anab Ahmed Isse running for the 2nd Deputy Speaker of the 2nd Parliament of Hirshabelle State.

The election of the speaker of Hir-shabelle parliament is widely felt in Jowhar town this coming amidst controversy and quagmire on the presidential poll which is still in limbo and no agreements reached.

BY OSMAN HUSSEIN ALI