Somaliland: “I Did Not Buy My Parliamentary Seat”


MP Fozia Yusuf

By: Yusuf M Hasan

Somalilandsun – The Former Somali Federal Government-SFG Deputy premiere and Foreign affairs minister Ms. Fozia Yusuf Haji Aden has termed alleged buying of set in parliament as false.

In a candid interview in which she informed that she has maintained lengthily friendship with the Somaliland first family but has not been in touch with since assuming her mantle as a minister in the SFG Ms. Fozia Yusuf also revealed that her current membership of the Mogadishu parliament is as a result of the clan quota.

“As you are aware the current system of acquiring a seat in the Somalia parliament is through the clan quota system”

To this effect the former Somalia strongwoman said that after her replacement as foreign minister her clan elders approached a close relative Ismail Hasan Jama who was then an MP and a deal was struck for him to vacate his seat to me thence effectively negating alleged payment of over $300,000 for the seat.

On the issue of her long term friendship with the somaliland first family Ms. Fozia who was sworn in as MP recently upon acknowledging the friendship which she termed as still existing also informed that they have not been in contact since she assumed office as the SFG’s Deputy premiere and Foreign affairs minister over two years ago.

On the issue of existing natural resources in Somalia MP Fozia Yusuf said that proper management in order to ensure that all citizens wherever they are benefit properly thence alleviate poverty and help economic growth.

Ms Fozia (C) and NDB supporters in Borame strategizing on the way forward during her hey ays as Somaliland presidential aspirant in 2012 /file

Ms Fozia Yusuf Haji Aden is the first Somalilander to occupy a high position in the Somalia government without interfering in internal issues of somaliland which is at loggerheads with somalia of the latter’s quest or international recognition as a sovereign country.