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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/

Explaining the Somali election process

Feb 07 2017
Somalia
Source: 
Al Jazeera

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.

Somalia beefs up security ahead of presidential vote

Feb 07 2017
Somalia
Source: 
Al Jazeera

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.

Somalia: 24 Candidates Seek Presidency

Jan 30 2017
Somalia
Source: 
All Africa

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.

Somaliland holds Upper House elections, elects six MPs in the first phase of the exercise

Jan 08 2017
Somalia
Source: 
Hiiraan Online

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).

Somaliland: Political Parties or Clan Parties?

Jan 01 2017
Somalia
Source: 
Hiiraan Online

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.

Somalia to Delay Presidential Election for 4th Time, Official Says

Dec 26 2016
Somalia
Source: 
VOA News
MOGADISHU — 

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 Election Postponed for Third Time

Nov 28 2016
Somalia
Source: 
VOA News

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 Elections Not Credible, Country's Auditor General Says

Nov 19 2016
Somalia
Source: 
VOA News

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: Int'l Community Express Concern Over Corruption in Somali Election

Oct 31 2016
Somalia
Source: 
All Africa

The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States are deeply concerned over continuing allegations of corruption in Somalia's electoral process and reports of recurring intimidation of prospective candid

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