Veteran lawmaker Ahmed Xaaf wins Galmudug presidential seat

Ahmed Duale Xaraf addressing the Galmudug state assembly following conclusion of presidential elections. He won the seat with 54 votes. Photo: Goobjoog News
Ahmed Duale Xaraf addressing the Galmudug state assembly following conclusion of presidential elections. He won the seat with 54 votes. Photo: Goobjoog News

Former federal parliament lawmaker and founder of Daallo airlines Ahmed Duale Geyle popularly known as Xaaf has won the Galmudug presidential seat with a majority 54 votes out of the possible 89.

Xaaf maintained a lead in the first and second round losing three votes in the second to emerge winner while his closest competitor Ahmed Sharif Hilowle getting 34 votes. One vote was spoiled.

In the first round, Xaaf got 57 votes while Hilowle garnered 24 as Shirwa trailed with seven votes. Both Xaaaf and Hilowle headed for a second round which saw the latter gain ten more votes.

Xaaf lost his parliamentary seat in the 2016 elections after serving in the August House for the last 16 years.

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