August 2, 2012 ·7 Comments
LAS ANOD — Somalia’s central semi-autonomous region of Galmudug State elected an army colonel as the new president on Wednesday during a special sitting of parliament in Galkayo.
Col. Abdi Hassan Awale Qeybadeed, the former Somali minister of mining, energy and water resources, was elected 22 votes to 2 by members of the 25-seat parliament – one MP abstained in Wednesday’s vote.
The election took place in southern Galkayo, which serves as the administrative capital of Galmudug State.
Mr. Qeybadeed challenged the acting president Abdisamad Nur Guled, who took up the post last month after president Mohamed Ahmed Alin was hospitalised in a Kenyan hospital. Mr. Alin underwent a successful heart procedure but was advised to retire from politics.
Born in the central province of Mudug, Col. Qeybadeed was also the former Somali police commissioner. He is best known for his role in the Somali civil war having served under General Farah Aideed as his interior minister.
Galmudug State was formed in 2006 and Qeybadeed becomes its third president and despite the current disruption Abdisamad Nur Guled will remain the vice president. The state is one of many semi-autonomous regions dotted all over Somalia.
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By Hassan Ali