Somali PM disbands election team over attempts to certify Fahad Yasin’s seat

Somali PM

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble on Sunday disbanded federal and regional electoral committees after receiving information about attempts to lift suspension on a parliament seat which was earlier occupied by ex-spy chief Fahad Yasin.

In a letter issued by his office, Roble said the committees had completed their assignments when parliament leadership was picked earlier this month and should no longer be active given their temporary role in the conduct of votes. He has reactivated the National Electoral Commission, which will manage elections for any vacant parliament seat in the future.

The move came after Roble’s bitter rival, Fahad Yasin succeeded in persuading the electoral team to lift suspension on his seat, months after it had alleged irregularities in the vote that handed him victory, in return for a bribe payment worth $1.5 million, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Some members of the Federal Electoral Implementation Team (FEIT) informed the Prime Minister about the initial agreement which has led to the decision that no one in the country’s political spectrum has yet disapproved.

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