Somalia’s Upper House speaker joins presidential candidate’s conference

The speaker of Somalia’s Upper House of Parliament, Abdi Hashi Abdullahi, has joined the opposition presidential candidates’ meeting which has been ongoing for the last three days in the capital, Mogadishu.

Speaker Abdullahi, who, like the presidential candidates, is opposed to the election implementation committee recently established by the government to oversee the upcoming polls, reiterated claims by the aspirants that the government-appointed poll bodies be changed as most of their members are members of the National Intelligence and Security Aagency (NISA) and supporters of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

Reports indicate that the meeting, which was expected to conclude today, has been extended for one more day to give a chance to the Upper House speaker and other opposition politicians to participate in the forum and voice their support for calls to remove pro-government members from the poll bodies.