Jawari re-elected head of Somalia's Lower House

Wednesday January 11 2017

Mohamed Osman Jawari after being re-elected speaker of Parliament in Mogadishu on January 11, 2017. PHOTO | MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB | AFP

Mohamed Osman Jawari after being re-elected speaker of Parliament in Mogadishu on January 11, 2017. PHOTO | MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB | AFP 

By ABDULKADIR KHALIF
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MOGADISHU

Professor Mohamed Osman Jawari has been re-elected to head the Lower House of the Parliament, better known as the Peoples’ House.

Prof Jawari emerged ahead of Mr Abdirashid Mohamed Hiddig, a former state minister, Mr Abdifatah Ibrahim Geseey, a former regional governor and Mr Idris Abdi Daqtar.

The Wednesday election of Prof Jawari was reached after one round of voting. The Interim Speaker of the Federal Parliament, Osman Elmi Boqore, announced the results. Up to 251 legislators voted.

Mr Daqtar garnered two votes with Mr Geseey getting 19 votes and Hiddig getting 89 votes. Professor Jawari secured 141 votes.

The winner was required to attain at least 139 votes, which is 50 per cent plus one of the total Members of Parliament in the Lower House.

Prof Jawari was born in 1945 in Afgoye town, 30 km south of Mogadishu. He worked for the Somali government during the civilian government of the 1960s and the socialist government between 1970s and 1980s. Following his re-election, he will guide the house for four years until January 2021.

The election of the 71-year-old Jawari, a member of the Digil and Mirifle clan, means that his fellow clansman, the president of Somalia’s federal South West state, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, will be forced to withdraw from the presidential race.