6 August 2017

Somalia: Somaliland Parliament Votes Kulmiye's Bashe As New Speaker

Photo: Somaliland Mission UK
In 1991, north-west Somalia broke away from the rest of the country after a civil war, and declared itself independent.

The Somaliland Parliament on Sunday voted Bashe Mohamed Farah as its new Speaker.

Farah had been serving as the First Deputy Speaker of the Somaliland Parliament.

He narrowly defeated his rival Abdrahman Talyanle of the opposition Waddani party 39 to 38 votes.

Following the win Farah told Parliament that he was ready to serve the people in the breakaway region of Somaliland.

This is the first time in 12 years that a Speaker from the ruling party has been voted in.

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