The councilors of Puntland’s commercial city of Bosaso on the Gulf of Aden have on Thursday voted to elect a new mayor, a move that comes ahead of the general election.

Abdisalam Bashir was declared the winner of the ballot after beating his sole rival candidate Mohamed Farah with a majority of 28 votes against Farah who garnered 3 votes.

Senior officials from Puntland state, including the minister of interior witnesses the election process and congratulated Bashir on the victory and urged him to assume his office swiftly.

Last Month, the city council of Garowe, the capital of Puntland.