GAROWE (SD) – Somalia’s Puntland state has announced its 11 senators to join the 11th Parliament of Somalia ahead of presidential elections.
Voting took place in the state’s capital Garowe town, 1,000km northeast of Mogadishu.
However, virtually all the new senators went through without competition after their opponents pulled out of the race.
Veteran politician Abdirahman Faroole got 54 votes against his opponent Mohamed Olaad who got 11 votes only while Abdiqani Gelleh Mohamed trounced his opponent Abdikar Mohamed Yusuf by garnering 52 votes.
Other elected senators are:
Mohamed Abdi Osman (Majino) who currently serves as Puntland Minister for ports
Abdullahi Ali Hirsi [Tima-adde], Puntland information minister
Abdisamad Yusuf Mohamed, the governor of Bari region
Dahir Ayanle Said, a businessman
Farhan Ali Hussein, re-elected senator
Seynab Ismail Mohamed, Puntland’s deputy minister of environment
Abdiqani Gelle Mohamed, state minister for fisheries in Puntland state
Samira Mohamud Haji