Somali parliamentarians elected on Friday a former finance minister as their speaker, replacing Sheikh Aden Nur Madobe, who resigned this month after pressure from lawmakers.
Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden won the important post of speaker, who deputises for the president when he travels or if he is incapacitated.
The former finance minister was sworn in immediately after winning the election with 217 votes out of 388. He had faced four opponents for the job.
"Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden wins the election for speaker with 217, with no recounting or second round necessary," Haji Shukri Sheikh Ahmed, the interim speaker of parliament said.
There is no provision for a vice-president in the country. The speaker can also influence the course of politics by lobbying the house against the prime minister or president.
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