Former Vice Presidential contender for Justice & Welfare Party (UCID) during the 2017 presidential elections, Professor Ahmed Muse Abyan, has officially announced his candidacy for the House of Reps. He is also vying to run for the race of the House of Reps. Speaker. This means that the race for House speaker has heated up. Prof. Ahmed Muse Abyan will face two other strong politicians who hail from the same region. Yasin Faraton, the current SL foreign minister, officially announced that he threw his hat into the ring and will contest as a candidate for the upcoming parliamentary polls in Sool region. He will also run for the House speaker. Abdirisak Khalif, the second deputy of SL’s main opposition Wadani party who is also from Sool region launched his candidate for the position.