Six weeks after surviving a suicide bombing, Somali Government Spokesman Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu on Sunday won a seat in the House of the People (HOP); The Lower House of Somalia’s bicameral parliament.
Moalimu who only came back to Somalia from Istanbul, Turkey last week where he had been receiving treatment won the seat number HOP#068 following voting in Beledweyne town in Hirshabelle State, 335km north of Mogadishu.
He sought votes from the 101 delegates representing his sub-clan, for one of the 25 seats allocated in Beledweyne town.
On at least four occasions, Moalimu has survived bombings and attacks. The Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab jihadists claimed responsibility for the January 16 assault on his life.
275 MPs are expected to be elected by March 15. Once the 272 are elected, the Lower House and the already elected 54 senators of the Upper House are expected to elect Somalia’s president in a joint session. The date is yet to be declared.