Somalia has elected new president Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo in an indirect selection process. Work towards one-person-one-vote elections must begin right away.
Why is there so much excitement around the former prime minister's surprise appointment as Somalia's new president?
On 8 February, the protracted Somalia elections finally came to an end to widespread celebrations and surprise as Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo was appointed as the new president.
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s victory prompts celebrations and the hope that he can get to grips with Somalia’s multiple challenges
Celebrations have erupted on the streets of Somalia after parliamentarians elected a new president, with crowds chanting songs and firing automatic weapons into the night sky.
The election of Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a 55-year-old former prime minister and dual US-Somali national with a reputation for independence and competence, has raised the hopes of millions of people in the poor and violent east African state.
El exprimer ministro de Somalia, Mohamed Adbullahi Farmaajo, ha sido elegido nuevo presidente del país en las elecciones llevadas a cabo hoy en la capital, Mogadiscio, según ha informado la agencia Efe. La Asamblea Nacional le ha designado como nuevo dirigente del país con 184 votos, sustituyendo al presidente de transición, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, quien ha recibido 97 votos durante la segunda ronda de votaciones.
L’ex primo ministro Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo è stato eletto presidente della Somalia. I candidati erano una ventina e tra loro c’era anche il presidente uscente Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, che ha riconosciuto la vittoria del rivale al secondo turno, rinunciando al ballottaggio. I parlamentari somali hanno votato all´aeroporto di Mogadiscio, ritenuto il luogo più sicuro della città. Martedì 7 febbraio la capitale somala era stata colpita da diversi attacchi organizzati dai militanti di Al Shabaab
Somalia is heading to the polls on Wednesday to pick a president in an electoral process that has been marred by allegations of corruption and intimidation.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who came to power in 2012, is seeking a second four-year term.
Twenty-four candidates are in the running.
Presidential hopefuls on Monday held for the first time a televised debate which was dominated by pledges to fight corruption as well as plans on how to tackle insecurity and the armed group al-Shabab.
Mogadishu and surrounding areas are on lockdown after increase in al-Shabab attacks in lead-up to election.
Somalia's capital is on lockdown a day before the parliament meets to elect a new president, with ongoing security concerns and warnings of famine expected to top the agenda for the incoming administration.
Roads in Mogadishu were closed, businesses asked to shut, and schools and universities gave students a two-day break.
In the run up to the Somalia’s presidential election slated for February 8th 2017, I am afraid we would have more of the same as in previous elections: greed, selfish interest, and unqualified pack of candidates, with the exception of perhaps one candidate.
The Somalia presidential electoral committee has cleared 24 candidates to vie for the top seat.
The committee, composed of members of the Lower and Upper houses, also announced that the election will take place in Mogadishu on February 8.
The candidates include incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke, former transitional president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and former transitional PM Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.
MOGADISHU - Upper House elections for Somaliland and northern regions commenced today in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Six seats out of eleven, allocated for Somaliland and the northern regions were filled in a daylong exercise presided over by the Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (FIEIT).
Does Somaliland have political parties or clan parties? Honestly, it doesn’t have political parties. But it has clan parties. Let’s not kid ourselves. Every party is owned by one major clan and other secondary clan(s) that associate with the major clan. We all know which clan owns Kulmiye Party and which clan owns WADDANI Party (Ucid cannot be currently considered a party). Kulmiye is simply a euphemism of Habar Awal and WADDANI is also a euphemism of Habar Yonis.
An electoral official says Somalia has decided to delay its presidential election for a fourth time amid allegations of fraud and intimidation.
The vote had been set for Wednesday, but the official said Monday it likely will be Jan. 24 instead. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
This Horn of Africa nation is riven by clan rivalries and threatened by al-Shabab Islamic extremists opposed to Western-style democracy.
Somalia's presidential elections, scheduled to begin this week, have been postponed for a third time, the electoral body said Monday.
Omar Mohamed Abdulle, head of Somalia's electoral body, said elections slated for Wednesday will not happen as planned.
Abdulle did not offer a new date, but said the next president will be elected before the end of this year.
Somalia's parliament members will elect the new president. However, parliamentary elections to elect new lawmakers have not been completed in all regions of the country.
Somalia is struggling to meet the 30 per cent quota for women in the ongoing elections as local and security agencies remain vigilant to ward off threats by the Al-Shabaab to disrupt the polls.
Somalia's ongoing parliamentary elections have no credibility becauses of vote buying, fraud, intimidation and violence, the country's auditor general said in an exclusive interview with VOA Somali.
Nur Jimale Farah said Electoral College delegates, who are electing members of parliament, are voting for the highest bidder.
"Some votes were bought with $5,000, some with $10,000, and some with $20,000 or $30,000. But not all seats are equal. Some are influential seats and have a lot of candidates competing for them," he said.
Somalia’s electorate has increased since 2012, but it’s still just a drop in the ocean.