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Somalia faces troubled national election as time runs out

Jan 30 2021
Somalia
Source: 
All Banaadir

As Somalia marks three decades since a dictator fell and chaos engulfed the country, the government is set to hold a troubled national election. Or is it?

Two regional states refuse to take part, and time is running out before the Feb. 8 date when mandates expire. A parliament resolution allows President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and lawmakers to remain in office, but going beyond Feb. 8 brings “an unpredictable political situation in a country where we certainly don’t need any more of that,” United Nations special representative James Swan told reporters this week.

Somali PM reserves 30% of parliament seats for women in upcoming poll

Jan 12 2021
Somalia
Source: 
Arab News

Nearly a third of Somalia’s parliamentary seats will be reserved for female lawmakers in an election next month, the prime minister said, a measure long demanded by women’s rights campaigners in the Horn of Africa nation.

While welcoming Saturday’s announcement by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, some women’s groups cautioned that implementing the measure in time for the Feb. 8 poll would be challenging and depended on the commitment of clan leaders.

International partners urge resolution of electoral impasse

Jan 12 2021
Somalia
Source: 
al Banaadir

Somalia’s international partners* are deeply concerned about the continuing impasse in implementing the electoral model agreed on 17 September by President Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo and Federal Member State leaders.

We urge Somalia’s top political stakeholders to demonstrate leadership in the interest of the nation and to quickly resolve outstanding issues of implementation through dialogue and compromise, so that a credible electoral process can proceed as soon as possible.

Somalia misses parliamentary election deadline

Dec 01 2020
Somalia
Source: 
Anadolu Agency

Opposition had called for electoral reforms before Dec. 1 vote

MOGADISHU, Somalia

Somalia on Tuesday missed a deadline to hold its parliamentary elections on Dec. 1 as agreed by the federal government and six regional states earlier this year.

Opposition leaders had called for reforms, raising concerns regarding the election commission and its capacity to hold a free, fair and credible vote. The last elections were held in 2016.

The Federal Indirect Elections Team has not yet announced a new date for the elections.

Disputes Threaten Somali National Elections Time Frame

Nov 11 2020
Somalia
Source: 
Voanews.com

NAIROBI - The International Crisis Group says Somalia is getting behind schedule on conducting parliamentary and presidential elections.  The Brussels-based research organization says the process is threatened by disagreements and the lack of a mechanism to handle disputed election results. It’s calling for term extensions to avoid political conflict.

Somalia Elections 2020: Former PM Hassan Ali Khaire Launches Presidential Bid

Sep 13 2020
Somalia
Source: 
Somaliguardian

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire announced his presidential bid for Somalia elections in 2020, 50 days after he was ousted by parliament in a no-confidence vote following a long-standing dispute with the incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. 

AMISOM commits to peaceful 2020/21 polls in Somalia

Nov 30 2019
Somalia
Source: 
Xinhuanet

MOGADISHU, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has reiterated its commitment to ensuring that Somalia holds peaceful parliamentary and presidential elections in 2020/2021.

Augustine Magnus Kailie, AMISOM police commissioner told members of the civil society, political party representatives and the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) on Friday evening that AMISOM, in partnership with key Somali stakeholders, was ready to secure the upcoming one-person-one-vote elections so that the process is free and fair.

Somalie : cinq morts dont un vice-ministre dans une attaque des shebab à Mogadiscio

Mar 23 2019
Somalia
Source: 
Jeune Afrique

Cinq personnes au moins, dont un vice-ministre du gouvernement somalien, ont été tuées dans une attaque lancée samedi par les insurgés islamistes shebab contre un complexe administratif de la capitale Mogadiscio.

« J’ai vu les cadavres de quatre personnes, l’un d’eux en uniforme de la police », a dit à l’AFP un témoin, Abdulahi Mohamed. Le sénateur Ilyas Ali Hassan a ajouté que le vice-ministre du Travail et des Affaires sociales, Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla, avait également été tué.

Somalia: The Big Cheese - Why President Farmaajo Holds So Much Hope for Somalia

Feb 09 2017
Somalia
Source: 
All Africa

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.

L’ex primo ministro Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo è stato eletto presidente della Somalia

Feb 08 2017
Somalia
Source: 
Internazionale

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

Source: http://www.internazionale.it/

Ex-Somali PM heralds 'new beginning' after presidential election win

Feb 08 2017
Somalia
Source: 
The Guardian

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.

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