Former interior and federal affairs minister Abdullahi Godah Barre has been elected as federal MP in the lower house election in Jowhar on Thursday.

Mr Barre who is an outgoing lawmaker critic to the president has retained his lower house seat after defeating his main rival contenders with a majority 32 votes, according to the electoral results.

Analysts say the re-election of Godah Barre is yet another blow to the caretaker president who is a presidential candidate in the coming election to running for a second time in office.

Four other MPs were elected in today’s ballot in Jowhar, who will represent Hir-Shabelle state in the forthcoming federal parliament of Somalia.

The MPs elected in Jowhar today are as following;

1.Mina Hassan Shibis, Businesswoman and the owner of Global Hotel in Mogadishu.

2.Dahabo Susow, a political novice

3.Farhiya Mohamud, a political novice

4.Abdullahi Godah Barre, outgoing MP and former interior minister.

5.Mohamed Omar Aymoy, outgoing minister for Fisheries & Marine Resources and former MP.

Soo Dhiibo Fikirkaada, Waa Inoo Muhiim

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