Somalia’s Senate elects Abdullahi Ali Hirsi as second deputy speaker

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s Senate on Tuesday elected Abdullahi Ali Hirsi (Timo-adde) as its second deputy speaker in a vote held amid security tight at the heavily fortified Afisyoni camp in Mogadishu.

Senators earlier chose Ali Sha’ban Ibrahim, who comes from Hirshabelle state, as the first deputy speaker of the Upper House after defeating a candidate favored by the incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. read more

Timo-adde is said to be allied with President Farmajo, who is seeking re-election in a presidential election expected to be held within weeks.

Earlier on Tuesday, Abdi Hashi Abdullahi – who forced the current administration to reverse a number of unconstitutional decisions over the past years – was reelected as speaker of the Senate in an election seen as a test for his ability to regain control of the Upper House, whose members include seasoned politicians and former officials. read more

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