Mogadishu, Somalia — A prominent candidate in the elections for Speaker of Parliament Abdirazak Hasan Osman Jurile, has relinquished his bid for the seat, Garowe Online reports.
Mr. Jurile who gave a brief statement to press on Sunday cited family pressure to step down from the elections.
A professor of Chemical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Technology, Mr. Jurile has served as Minister of Planning and International Cooperation in the Transitional Federal Government (TFG).
He also served as a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Siad Barre regime.
On Sunday, candidates for Speaker addressed parliament about their policies and strategies if elected and their qualifications.
There are 5 candidates running for Speaker of Parliament.
Sunday will be the final day for candidates who want to run for Speaker.