Former MP elected as Galmudug President

By Asad Cabdullahi Mataan

Ahmed Du’alle Geelle Haaf has been elected as the President of Galmudug after the regional state’s state assembly elected him as their leader at a vote in Adado on Wednesday.

The former federal lawmaker easily advanced in the first round and went head-to-head with Ahmed Sharif in the 2nd round for the region’s top job. After garnering 53 of a possible 89 votes, Haaf was declared the winner.

Mr. Haaf will replace Abdikarim Hussein Guled, who stepped down as President of Galmudug in February citing health issues.

Xaaf, a prominent businessman was formerly a federal Member of Parliament but lost his seat in the 2016/2017 Federal elections.

In his victory speech, the newly elected regional president vowed to tackle security in the region while urging  close cooperation with neighbouring regional administrations.