Hirshabelle Leader Rebuffs Request From Somalia’s Ex-Spy Boss

Hirshabelle Leader Rebuffs Request From Somalia’s Ex-Spy Boss

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The President of South Somalia’s Hirshabelle State Ali Gudlawe has rebuffed a request from ex-spy boss Fahad Yasin on holding elections for five parliamentary seats in advance, in an attempt to sweep himself and his aides to victory, Caasimada Online news website reported on Saturday.

In a meeting held with Fahad Yasin’s allies, including the State Minister of Transport Abdirahman Dhere, Ali Gudlawe said he could not begin elections in Baladwayne until he is able to visit the restive town and before polls in Jowhar are completed.

Fahad Yasin, is planning to run for a parliamentary seat in Baladwayne where hundreds of Turkish-trained troops were deployed last month despite calls for their removal made by the Prime Minister and his cabinet. Politicians from the town say the airlifting is aimed at rigging polls scheduled to be held in the central town.

Yasin is also willing to run for the position of deputy speaker of parliament after securing win in a parliamentary seat, months after he had been accused of murdering a female spy Ikran Tahlil Farah.

His allies have returned empty-handed from Jowhar after failing to bring Gudlawe round over a proposal on issuing the timetable for five parliamentary elections in which Yasin and four of his vetted allies would sweep themselves to victory, according to Caasimada Online.

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