39 candidates are operating for the presidency

In Somalia, 39 candidates will probably be on the beginning line for Sunday’s presidential election. This is an oblique vote. It is as much as deputies and senators to elect the longer term head of state. This vote is way awaited. It would have been held 15 months in the past, however has been repeatedly postponed within the face of political disaster. And by no means has a presidential election in Somalia raised so many candidates.

With our regional correspondent, Florence Morice

Unsurprisingly, the outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, referred to as Farmajo, is a candidate for re-election, regardless of the intense political disaster the nation goes via, and whereas his first time period has formally ended. went out greater than a 12 months in the pastIf he had been re-elected, he can be the primary head of state to be re-elected within the nation’s historical past.

Against him stand 38 different candidates, together with a number of distinguished figures within the Somali political panorama: two former presidents, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud in workplace from 2012 to 2017 and his successor Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, as effectively as a former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire, and President of the area Puntland, Said Abdullahi Dani. There is just one girl among the many candidates, former Foreign Minister Fawzia Yusuf Adan.

A clan-based electoral system This excessive variety of candidates is partly defined by the tribal nature of the Somali electoral system, based mostly on the steadiness between clans and more and more criticized. Somalis additionally hoped for a time to return to common suffrage for this presidential election, earlier than the electoral fee determined to present it up two years in the past, attributable to explicit uncertainty. This Sunday, the vote may even happen within the ultra-monitored enclosure of Mogadishu Airport, in a hangar below the auspices of the African Union drive.

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