Outspoken Anti Ethiopian Politician Abdi Hashi Elected Upper House Speaker
Abdi Hashi Abdullahi is the new Speaker of the Upper House of the Parliament after he gunned 43 votes out of 52 in an election held at the Parliament Buildings in Mogadishu on Sunday.
The independent politician not allied to any major political yet again proved to be popular beyond Parliament as Somalis jammed social media to congratulate a man they see as a nationalist and patriot.
The politician who hails from the breakaway region of Somaliland is known for his anti Ethiopian stance and has been a champion of Greater Somalia seeking.
Abdi hashi plunged into politics in 2004 when he became an MP in the Somali Peace Conference in Kenya and holding a two ministerial portfolios in the Transitional Federal Government of Abdullahi Yusuf.
He has been a critic of the current government which he has more than once accused it of being used to push for foreign interests.
Abshir Bukhari a former journalist and social activist was elected as the First Deputy Speaker of the Upper House.
Bukhari who hails from Galmudug worked as an international journalist for major news agencies including BBC and Aljazeera and was once the Chief of Staff at the Villa Somalia during President Sheikh Sharif administration.
Somalias Upper House of Parliament is made up of 54 senators.
With the Parliamentary elections now officially over the stage has now been set for the Presidential elections expected for later this month.