Mohamed Mursal inaugurated as the Lower House Speaker

By Asad Cabdullahi Mataan

Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman was inaugurated today as the Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament on Thursday in Mogadishu.

In an elaborate ceremony at General Kahiye Police Academy attended by government officials and foreign dignitaries, Abdirahman was sworn in as the 11th speaker of Parliament.

Mursal was elected speaker on April 30 after winning the race outright in the third round following the withdrawal of two candidates.

A career politician, Abdirahman’s resume boasts both diplomatic and cabinet minister positions. He served as the Water and Energy Minister under Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke’s administration and was also Somalia’s ambassador to Turkey in 2011. Mursal was appointed the Defense Minister by PM Khaire and served as the Minister for six months before resigning to contest In the Speakership race.

He will guide the House for the next three years.

Source: Hol