Immediate former State Minister of Public Works Ahmed Abdi Kariye aka Qoorqoor has been elected President of Galmudug state by a faction allied to the Federal Government in an election that saw three main candidates pull out.
Qoorqoor won in the first round with 66 votes out of 77 votes cast with his three opponents sharing the remaining 10 votes.
Abdirahman Ahmed Samatar got 9 votes while Abdirahman Aden Sabriye and Ahmed Shire Falagle were forced to contend with one vote each.
Today’s election follows the election of outgoing chief minister Mohamed Shakir by the Alhu Sunna faction last Thursday as the state president. A faction of MPs allied to state president Ahmed Haaf elected a new speaker in Galkaayo on Friday and announced a new two-year term extension for the embattled Galmudug leader.
Abdirahman Odowaa, Abdullahi Wehliye, Kamal Gutaale and Abdi Dheer withdrew from the elections accusing the Federal Government of hijacking the process.
The new Galmudug state parliament is made up of 89 MPs with 20 of them coming from the Alhu Sunna side following a deal with the Federal Government late last year. In today’s vote majority of the MPs took part in the election indicating even the Alhu Sunna side cast their vote in the election of Qoorqoor.
The election of a deputy president is set to commence shortly