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Friday, 4 May 2018

@Politics Africa: Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman emerges as new Somali Parliament Speaker

The Somalia lawmakers have elected Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman, as speaker of its parliament at the lower house after two rounds of voting in Mogadishu’s heavily protected parliament building.
The 61-year old former Somali ambassador to Turkey, Abdirahman believed to have a close working relationship with Prime Minister Khaire is expected to lead a parliament divided by the recent dispute.
Leaders of the countries which contribute troops to the African Union have recently announced plans to stop reducing the number of peacekeepers in the country because Somali security forces are not ready to take over those responsibilities.
Meanwhile, apart from the political instability bedeviling the country, the country also faces serious humanitarian issues as thousands of people have fled due to flooding and heavy rains in the south central regions in recent days. One of the worst-hit areas has been the Hiran region, according to the government, which declared the situation a national disaster.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo flew to Beledweyne last Tuesday to see the affected areas first-hand. Aid organizations have warned of a possible outbreak of diseases such as malaria and cholera.

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