SOMALIA: PM officially announces his presidential candidacy
By: Abdalle Ahmed
Mogadishu (RBC) Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali has officially announced on Tuesday that he is running for the upcoming presidential election which is due to held in Mogadishu after the end of the country’s transition period, RBC Radio reports.
In a well organized ceremony at City Plaza hotel in Mogadishu, the current prime minister said that he is hoping to win in the coming election which the new parliament members will elect the next president of Somalia for the next four years term.
“If you appreciate all the hard work and the national obligations done by my government then you will be giving me your votes.” Mr Ali told hundreds of supporters including his current cabinet at the hotel.
“I am determined to stand and to run the election and I hope I will be the winner” her added.
Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali recounted that he secured the capital and made a lot of progress during the year that his cabinet was serving.
“Before a year no one could dare to hold presidential campaign in Mogadishu or even no one could walk freely in the streets of this capital; one of the major success of my government” he said adding that he has named his cabinet as “national salvation”.
Dr Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, political economist who hold both Somali and U.S citizenship. He was appointed as the prime minister on June 2010 following after when former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo abruptly resigned from office as part of a controversial agreement signed in Kampalabetween the President and the Parliament Speaker.
Mr Ali is the third Somalia’s TFG official who declares to run for the presidential election of the country which is due to hold in August 20th. Also the current president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and the speaker Sharif Hassan are among more than 17 candidates running for the same position.
In Somalia the people are not going to elect their leader but only 275 representatives from 4.5 clans are electing the president as huge corruption overshadows the selection process of the new parliamentarians.