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Presidential elections begin in Somalia

Presidential elections begin in Somalia

Mogadishu, May 15 (Prensa Latina) The members of the bicameral Federal Parliament of Somalia began the voting to choose the president of the country, position for which the highest number of aspirants is presented, including the current Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo".
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Amid extreme security measures – including a curfew since last night in Mogadishu (the capital) – the election (delayed from January 2021) is taking place in the Aficio tent, an air force hangar attached to the Aden-Adde International Airport.

The ceremony is broadcast live on the Youtube page of the local portal Somaliguardian.

The 54 members of the Senate House and the 275 members of the Lower House (it was not yet reported how many are present) are responsible for choosing the new president for the next four years.

They could also ratify Farmajo, as requested by friendly countries including the European Union (EU), the United States and the African Union (AU).

However, if Farmajo emerges, it would be the first time after five elections that an incumbent head of State has never been ratified.

In fact, many of his critics point out to him that he failed to fulfill the promise to end in two years (he has been in office since 2017) the extremist group Al Shabab, which almost acts with total freedom in central and southern areas of the nation. Even, it did not recover even one of the territories occupied by the terrorist organization, which deepened in the past months its attacks in this capital.

Completing the triad with possibilities are the former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (Farmajo’s predecessor) and the president of the regional state of Puntland, Saeed Abdullahi Deni. But nothing seems set in stone.

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