Somalia Gov’t Sends Soldiers to Vote in Upcoming Parliament Election, Ex-Spy Boss Says

Abdirahman Turyare

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s federal government sent planes carrying dozens of soldiers from the capital Mogadishu to the town of Dhusamareb in Galmudug regional state to participate in an upcoming vote for one of the Lower House of Parliament seats, former spy boss Abdirahman Mohamud Turyare said on Monday.

The former official added that loyalists of the incumbent president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo who do not come from the clan for which the parliamentary seat had been reserved are among the delegates voting in the portion of Lower House elections.

His remarks have come after a number of candidates accused Galmudug leader Ahmed Qoorqoor of helping hijack the election to ensure that the acting director of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) Yasin Farey wins the vote. He was exonerated this week by a team of investigators appointed by the government to probe the murder of a female spy Ikran Tahlil Farah.

Parliamentary seats whose election is due to take place in Galmudug state had been purchased by Villa Somalia and a  few are reserved for officials who had helped regional president Ahmed Qoorqoor rise to power, Turyare told a press conference.

Somali government and regional officials have not immediately commented on the claims.

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