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Garbaharey MPs vow to participate in parliamentary proceedings

Monday May 9, 2022

Mogadishu (HOL) - Lawmakers elected in Garbaharey opposed the decision by the new leadership of the lower house to certify the 16 Elwak MPs as legitimate parliamentarians.

At a press conference in Mogadishu, the lawmakers condemned the speaker's decision, calling it a decision submitted by foreign governments to the leadership of the parliament.

"The issue is the representation of the Gedo region. The Lower House speaker Sheikh Adan Madobe can't make unilateral statements through the media. We have to sit down and talk", said one of the MPs.

The 16 lawmakers elected in Garbaharey insist they were legitimately elected under the September 17 election agreement and said they would attend the next session of parliament.

On Sunday, the new leadership of the Lower House of Somali parliament certified the 16 MPs elected in El-Wak district in the Gedo region, putting an end to the contentious Jubaland elections.

The Lower House speaker said in a statement that they reached their decision after seeing that the members of parliament elected in Elwak had gone through all the election procedures.


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