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‘Westgate hero’ endorsed to succeed late father as Garissa senator

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By Abdinoor Ali

Elders and politicians in Garissa have unanimously endorsed Abdull Yussuf Haji as the sole flagbearer to succeed his late father as the county’s senator.

The endorsement was made during a family meeting in Masalani, Ijara Constituency ball on Sunday. Garissa Governor Ali Korane said clan and political leaders conducted the ‘necessary assessment and concluded that Abdul Haji was fit to fill the vacancy left by his late father.’ The governor added all efforts would be in place to ensure the proposed candidate sails through at the ballot unopposed on a Jubilee ticket.

Former National Assembly Majority Leader and Garissa Township Member of Parliament Aden Duale said he supports Abdulkadir’s candidature in the 18 May by-election.

“We have decided in unison to support Abdukadirl Haji for the senate by-election in memory of his late Farther Mzee Yusuf Haji, and we will convince our people [to back him],” said Duale.

On his part, Abdull, 46, appreciated the endorsement and promised to meet the expectations of all in Garissa County. He promised to champion various county agenda in the senate and continue to glorify his father’s brand of leadership. He is a renowned businessman, a private licensed firearm holder who played a key role in the rescue mission during Westgate Mall attack.

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Supreme Court of Somalia to hear election-related cases

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Somali judicial officers at a past training
   

The Supreme Court of Somalia announced it will hear cases related to elections. Chief Justice Bashe Yusuf Ahmed said it would be illegal for the federal and state governments not to allow the courts to adjudicate over election cases.

“The Supreme Court is ready to hear any appeal that arises from an administrative decision made by the electoral commissions,” Bashe said.

Bashe was speaking at a judicial conference held in Mogadishu.

The Horn of Africa nation is preparing for parliamentary and peesidential elections in September and October respectively.

Somalia has no constitutional court but there is an electoral dispute resolution committee.

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Former foreign minister joins race for Villa Somalia

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Former Foreign minister Fawzia Adam becomes the firs female candidate to announce her candidature for Somalia presidency. Fawzia, who became Somalia’s first and only woman foreign minister and Deputy Prime Minister in 2012, said she is joining the race for Villa Somalia to change the course of the country’s politics. More than 30 other candidates have expressed their interest for the top job. She leads the National Democratic Party.

“My sole aim is to breath a new lease of life into Somalia. Our political ideology and believes are at the heart and soul of our political trajectory in deciding the best way Forward for my nation,” Fawzia said.

“Our people are known for their dynamism, resilience and fruitful thinking when it comes to business. If they are encouraged, the country will surely get rapid development and investment,” she added.

She is running on an anti-corruption platform. Fawzia hails from Somaliland. The Horn of Africa nation will hold presidential elections on October 10.

As foreign minister, Fawzia was instrumental in Somalia’s quest to recover state properties that had been frozen by foreign administrations, institutions and firms after the collapse of Somalia’s central government in 1991 in order to prevent unauthorized use,  and began a formal assessment and recovery process of Somali national assets, which include ships and planes that are believed to be held in Italy, Germany and Yemen.

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Farmajo congratulation Abiy Ahmed on his election victory

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President Farmajo (right) and Ethiopian Premier Abiy Aed at a past event
   

Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo has congratulated Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed whose party won the just-concluded elections in Ethiopia.

Somalia will continue to work with the government of Abiy Ahmed to further strengthen bilateral relations and benefit peoples of the two countries and the wider region, Farmajo said in a statement. 

“I warmly congratulate PM Abiy Ahmed on regaining a strong mandate from the people of Ethiopia,” Farmaajo said.

Abiy’s new Prosperity Party won 410 out of 436 seats, according to electoral body.

Ethiopia has thousands of troops in Somalia under Amisom, the African Union Mission in Somalia, fighting al Shabab group. Since assuming office in 2018, Abiy has been supportive of the Somali Federal Government unlike his predecessors who supported regional administrations against the government in Mogadishu.

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