Somalia’s Senate Leader Agrees to End Election Row with President’s Allies

Somalia Senate leader and Deputy PM

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s outgoing Senate leader Abdi Hashi Abdullahi on Sunday agreed to end a row with the deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Guled, a key ally of the current acting president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, weeks after the feud delayed the election of senators representing the break-away state of Somaliland in the federal Upper House of Parliament.

In a statement issued, the two sides said they had agreed to bring an end to the dispute over election of MPs from the self-proclaimed state of Somaliland and to unify rival electoral teams separately loyal to the two officials, with Abdi Hashi’s wing given the deputy chairman of the region’s electoral board and the head of security and logistics.

Rivalry of politicians separately loyal to the Senate speaker and the deputy Prime Minister is set to end and both sides will exert efforts in holding vote for the Upper and Lower House MPs from Somaliland, the statement reads.

It comes months of delays in the selection of delegates and MPs from the break-away region due to an internal wrangling and dispute between president’s allies and politicians allied with the opposition presidential candidates.

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