Puntland Parliament elects new speaker
The lawmakers of Puntland regional assembly have elected Abdihakim Mohamed Ahmed Dhobo Dareed as the new speaker of the state’s assembly on Friday after two rounds of voting in Garowe, the administrative capital of Puntland state. Abdihakim secured 43 votes out of 66, defeating his adjacent raval, Abdi Jamal who garnered 23 votes. Four candidates competed for the top post of the state’s parliament ahead of the presidential election which slated for next week. After the result of the election was announced, the newly elected Speaker thanked the candidates who have contested with him and the electoral commission. “I have a mixed feeling. I am elated at my victory, but I’m also feeling to have been shouldered huge burden and responsibilities,” he said. Abdihakim urged the regional MPs to work with him to fulfill his duties as the per the charter of the state. “I request for your collaboration and support in executing my responsibilities,” he stated. The new speaker will lead the parliament for the next five years.