The country’s outgoing leadership has joined the rank and file of hopefuls for parliamentary race in the upcoming polls.
Sources indicate President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud did not travel to the UN General Assembly meeting but instead stayed put in Mogadishu in an effort to secure a parliamentary seat in Banaadir region.
Prime Minister Omar Sharmarke is in Garowe while the speaker of the Federal Parliament Prof. Osman Jawari is in Baidoa, both for the same mission as the outgoing President.
Both Sharmarke and Hassan Sheikh are vying for the presidency while Prof. Jawari intends to retain his seat as the Speaker of the Federal Parliament.
It is believed the position of Member of Parliament is the entry point of the top government positions and dictates who will have a say in the future administration.
It will also come in as consolation prize should the contestants fail to recapture their current positions.