Puntland parliament elected new speaker

The newly-elected speaker Abdihakim Mohamed Ahmed. [File Photo]
Garowe-(Puntland Mirror) Puntland’s parliament elected Abdihakim Mohamed Ahmed, also known as Dhoobo-daareed as speaker on Friday.

Dhoobo-daareed secured 43 votes while his rival received 23 votes during the second round of the voting held at parliament hall in Garowe, Puntland capital, Interim speaker, Hussien Yasin Hajji announced.

Dhoobo-daareed has been in parliament since 2009, he ran for the speaker in two previous parliament elections, but he failed.

The new parliament speaker will form an electoral committee that will organize the presidential election, scheduled on January 8.

More than 25 candidates, including the incumbent president Abdiweli Mohamed Ali are running for Puntland’s next President.

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