Somalia's parliament elects new speaker

2018-04-30 19:06

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Somali lawmakers have elected the former defence minister as the new speaker of the parliament on Monday.

Mohamed Mursal Sheikh, a close ally of the Somali president, comes nearly three weeks after his predecessor resigned, ending weeks of a political crisis that donors feared might threaten recent security and political gains in this troubled country.

Sheikh, a former ambassador to Turkey, was early this year appointed defence minister, a position he quit nearly two weeks ago to follow an electoral rule which requires candidates running for the post of speaker to resign other positions to be a contestant.

Sheikh is expected to work to improve the President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's influence in parliament.

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