The president of the southern Somali state of Jubbaland, Ahmed Mohamed Madobe has won another term in office after a poll in the capital Kismayo on Thursday morning.
Madobe polled 56 out of 74 votes cast by lawmakers in the regional parliament, defeating his contender Anab Mohamed Darir who got 17 votes, speaker Cabdi Maxamed Abdirahmaan, said. It was a first-round win for the incumbent since he got more than two-thirds of the vote.
He has since been sworn into office.
The central government in Mogadishu said on Saturday it would not recognise the vote’s result, saying the candidate selection process had violated the national constitution.
It has accused Madobe of interfering in the process and had backed opposition candidates, who were rejected by the electoral commission when they attempted to register.