Jubbaland President Ahmed Madobe wins re-election bid

Somalia's Jubbaland State President Ahmed Islam Madobe takes the oath of office after he was re-elected for a second term on August 22, 2019 in the state's capital Kismayu. PHOTO | JUBBALAND PRESIDENCY

What you need to know:

  • He garnered 56 votes out of the 74 cast by the regional members of Parliament in the state capital Kismayu manned by African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) soldiers and Jubbaland security forces.

  • Political analysts had warned that the election could be the difference between violence and peace.

  • The landslide victory for the former commander of Ras Kamboni Brigade, which routed Al-Shabaab from Kismayu with the help of Kenyan soldiers in 2012, comes on the back of heightened tensions between Kenya and Ethiopia, as well as between Jubbaland and the federal government of Somalia.

Jubbaland President Ahmed Madobe has been sworn in for a second term shortly after he was declared winner of the presidential vote cast on Thursday.

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