Ex-Somali refugee defeats minister to become MP

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Abdullahi Sheikh Abas, 31, was picked by an electoral college to be a federal MP.

Somalia has been holding indirect elections since October to renew its parliament as the country remains too dangerous for a national vote.

It is not clear how Mr Abas sold himself to the electoral college, but BBC Somali analyst Mohammed Abdinoor says Somalis who stayed at home have strong sympathy for returnees like Mr Abas, who grew up in refugee camps.

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