Somalia registers political party headed by ex-Shabaab number two



Thursday October 8, 2020

MOGADISHU (HOL) – A political party headed by former Al-Shabaab number two Mukhtar Robow has been given the greenlight by the electoral commission to take part in electoral politics in Somalia.

The National Independent Electoral Commission chair Halima Yarey Wednesday awarded interim certificate of registration to Justice Party led by Robow alias Abu Mansour.

The commission also awarded interim certificates to five other political parties taking to close to 60 the number of political parties since approved by the commission.

Robow who fell out with Al-Shabaab in 2013 having been among the founding members and deputised then leader Hassan Dahir Aweys is currently under house arrest in Mogadishu.

He was forcefully arrested in Baidoa in December 2018 and moved to Mogadishu ahead of then South West presidential elections which he was seen as among the likely winners.

Robow surrended in mid 2018 under a negotiated deal with the Federal Government and the US subsequently withdrew the $5 million bounty on his head.

Under the newly negotiated electoral deal, political parties will not be taking part in the parliamentary elections owing to retention of the clan-based formula.



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