Ex-speaker Jawari re-elected to guide Somali parliament

Somalia's Federal Parliament Speaker Mohammed Osman Jawari. AFP PHOTO | MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB 

Somali ex-speaker is headed back to the House, following his re-election to head the Lower House of the parliament, better known as the Peoples’ House in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Professor Mohamed Osman Jawari emerged ahead of Mr Abdirashid Mohamed Hiddig, a former state minister, Mr. Abdifatah Ibrahim Geseey, a former regional governor and Mr Idris Abdi Daqtar.

The Wednesday decision on Prof Jawari was reached after one round of voting.

The Interim Speaker of the Federal Parliament, Osman Elmi Boqore, announced the results. Up to 259 legislators voted.

 Mr Daqtar garnered 2 votes with Mr Geseey getting 17 and Hiddig getting 97 votes. Professor Jawari secured 141 votes with 2 spoilt.

The winner was required to attain at least 139 votes, which is 50 per cent plus one of the total MPs of the parliament members.

Prof Jawari was born in 1945 in Afgoye town, 30 km south of Mogadishu. He worked for the Somali government during the civilian government of the 1960s and the socialist government between 1970s and 1980s.

The leader served the Horn of Africa country as a top civil service as well as a minister in the 1980s.

He was the speaker of the 9th parliament of Somalia. Following his re-election, he will guide the house for four years until January 2021.

The legislators elected to Somalia’s parliament were late December sworn in Mogadishu.

The ceremony took place at the General Kahiye Police Academy in the capital.

The of 282 legislators sworn in comprised 242 members of the Lower House and 41 members of the Upper House (also known as senators).

The Chief Judge of the Somalia’s Supreme Court, Justice Ibrahim Idle Sulaymanm, presided over the ceremony.

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