Abdi Warsame wins seat on Minneapolis City Council

Posted on 5th November 2013 in News, Programs

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Abdi Warsame, photographed at the Riverside Mall Monday, May 6, 2013 in Minneapolis, has won the Ward 6 race to become the first Somali-American elected to the Minneapolis City Council.

In his first run for elective office, Abdi Warsame won the race to represent Ward 6 on the Minneapolis City Council, soundly defeating incumbent Robert Lilligren.

In winning the seat, Warsame became the first Somali-American elected to the council, just seven years after arriving in the United States. He also is the first Somali-American in the nation to win a municipal election.

With all 9 precincts reporting, Warsame won nearly 64 percent of the first-choice votes and more than 40 percent of second choice votes and 20 percent of third-choice votes, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.
Lilligren received 32 percent of first-choice votes, nearly 27 percent of second-choice votes and 13 percent of third-choice votes.

After winning the DFL endorsement in April, Warsame fought a vigorous campaign that tried to mobilize the East African community.

A Seward resident, he has pledged to represent the broader community in Ward 6.

Warsami also aims to address the concerns facing his community, which include jobs, roads, housing and young people who need mentors.

Born in Somalia, Warsame moved as a young child with his family to London where he later earned a master’s degree in international business.

In Minneapolis, he is the executive director of the Riverside Tenants Association, which advocates for the 4,000 people who live in the Riverside Plaza high-rises.

Warsame became involved in politics in 2011, when he worked on the campaign of Mohamud Noor, who narrowly lost the DFL primary for a state Senate seat.

At a series of public hearings last year, Warsame urged the Minneapolis Charter Commission to redraw the city’s political districts in a way that maximized the East African community’s voting power.

The commission complied, drawing a new map that concentrates as many East African voters as possible in a single city council ward. As a result, more than half the precincts in Ward 6 were new.

Some Minneapolis voters said it was time to elect someone who hails from the East African community.

“He’s kind of our kind of person because we’re in the middle of a Somali community here and I think he’d be a really interesting representative for the City Council,” said voter Maggie Catambay, who lives in Riverside Plaza. “It’s good to have good people on the City Council.”

Abdiyabdiwahab Shiil, a Cedar Riverside resident who became a U.S. citizen last year, was impressed with how well Warsame focuses on the community.

“The City Council race is very important, because that is my home where I live, and I want to see someone who understands my problems, someone who I can knock on their door and say, ‘Hey, this is the issue you need to deal in our neighborhood,’” Shiil said. “And fortunately this time we have a candidate from my neighborhood, Abdi Warsame, and I’m not shy to say I voted for him. I wish he makes it. If he doesn’t then that’s ok, still we have very potential candidates.”

Lilligren, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe who has served on the council since 2001, told voters he has reached across cultural barriers and worked with the East African community.

He also said he had created jobs in the neighborhood and made the city cleaner, greener and more welcoming.

Democrats Mahamed Cali, Abdi Addow, Sheikh Abdul and Abukar Abdi also were on the ballot for Ward 6.

MPR News reporters Elizabeth Dunbar and Jon Collins contributed to this story.

Source: http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/11/abdi-warsame-city-council/

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Somalia central bank governor resigns after seven weeks

Posted on 2nd November 2013 in News

FinancialTimes (1)

Saturday, November 02, 2013

The central bank governor of Somalia has unexpectedly resigned after seven weeks in the job, citing corruption concerns, in a blow to donors who have promised to pour billions of dollars of aid into the failed state.

Yussur Abrar, who was one of the world’s few female central bank governors, was unavailable for comment on Friday.

Donors who support her were frantically trying to reach her on Thursday night. They believe that she sent her resignation letter, dated October 30, from Dubai, before travelling to an unknown destination.

One donor official said Ms Yussur was “scared for her life and so unlikely to return to Somalia”.

In her letter to Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somalia’s president, she said: “From the moment I was appointed, I have continuously been asked to sanction deals and violate my fiduciary responsibility to the Somali people as head of the nation’s monetary authority.”

In the strongly worded letter, seen by the Financial Times, Ms Yussur – a former banker at Citigroup who had not lived in Somalia for several decades – said she believed that these deals “put . . . frozen assets at risk and open the door to corruption”.

Somalia is recovering from decades of civil war and also faces an Islamist insurgency from al-Qaeda-linked jihadis who mount regular attacks on the capital and claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on a Nairobi shopping mall last month.

Donors have pledged billions of dollars to help secure and rebuild Somalia at recent conferences in the hope that it can make good on recent military gains against the militants.

But they fear that the new government – elected last year and seen by analysts as the most representative and promising for years – might repeat the gross corruption seen by its donor-backed predecessors.

A report from a UN investigative panel this year gave warning that the central bank doubled as a corrupt slush fund and said that it failed to account for transfers worth $12m. Ms Yussur said in her letter: “Unfortunately, the central bank has not been allowed to function free of interference, and as such cannot operate as a credible institution.”

A government spokesman insisted on Friday that President Hassan remained committed to reforming institutions in his country. “All he wants is to ensure [that] public finance is managed properly and that there’s no corruption,” he said, adding that Ms Yussur was selected for her “impressive CV on finance”, but had visited Mogadishu for “only a couple of days”.

“For her leaving so early [it] is very sad. She was given the empowerment to reform the central bank and how the system works – most of the systems are manual,” he added.

In her letter, Ms Yussur also said she “vehemently refused to sanction the contract” with Shulman Rogers, a US law firm contracted to recover overseas assets frozen since before the civil war started in 1991. The same company was also hired to discredit the UN allegations of financial mismanagement ahead of a Brussels aid conference at which donors ultimately pledged $2.4bn, in what UN experts said was a conflict of interest. The law firm has previously denied any conflict of interest and said the UN experts made unfounded allegations.

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Somali Health Board at Abubakr Islamic Center of WA VIDEO

Posted on 20th October 2013 in News

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SomTV-Seattle : Somali Community Great News :Professional Legal Services Offered

Posted on 12th September 2013 in News

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NEW DAY FOR HOPE ACADEMYS: WEST SEATTLE NEW MASJID OPENED SEATTLE, WA USA SOMTV

Posted on 8th September 2013 in News

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Kaniisad loo bedelay Masjid WEST SEATTLE, WA SOMTV

Posted on 8th September 2013 in News

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Posted on 8th September 2013 in News

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Amin Amir surprise Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn SOMTV-SEATTLE

Posted on 7th September 2013 in News

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