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Somalia:11 candidates compete in the speaker of the parliament election today

Mogadishu(Mogadishu center) 11 candidates will contest for the speaker of the parliament election due to be held today in Mogadishu.

All the candidates hail from Digil and Mirifle clan-one of the five main clans of Somalia in accordance with the 4.5 power sharing formula in Somalia.

The head of the election committee Nur Beyle confirmed the election will take place today as scheduled, denying reports of  election postponement.

Mogadishu Hotels witnessed for the last several days election campaigns in which each candidate was trying to lure the MPs to vote for him, however, these campaigns were less intense in terms of the mobilisation and money exchanged compared to the previous elections.

Despite 11 candidates registered to vy for the post, commentators believe, the fiercest competition will be between Ibrahim Isaq Yarow- the candidate of the opposition and Mohammed Mursal-the resigned minister of defence who is backed by the government.

AMISOM and Somali army beefed up the security of the parliament compound, were troops have been put on high alert, to prevent any security threat.

The speaker election comes after the resignation of the former speaker Mohammed Jawari on 9 April, after MPs tabled a motion of no confidence against him.  


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