The incumbent president of Interim Jubba Administration, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam, better known as Ahmed Madobe was elected as the president of Jubaland state.
IJA Presidential election took place in Kismaya. The town is secured by IJA security along with Kenyan forces serving under African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces.] Madobe topped the first round of voting in which 74-member regional parliament cast votes to pick one of four candidates for presidency with comfortable margins.
Hillowle Adan and Osman Hussein Fayruus came with 2 votes as Mohamed osman Yussuf secured no single vote while Modoobe has obtained 68 votes thus he will remain the office for the next four years.
Sheikh Ahmed Madobe–who was formerly in the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) and later in other militia groups aligned with Al-Shabaab–has been attempting to regain his status in Jubaland after suffering defeat at the hands of his old allies in 2009.
Jubaland historically comprised of Lower and Middle Juba states. But military dictatator and ex-President Siad Barre split up the region in 1975, adding Gedo, Bay, and Bakool states.
The region has seen decades of conflict due to controversial clan resettlements inter-clan fighting, warlordism, Islamic militancy, and fighting over control of lucrative areas like Kismayo port.