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Vol 58 No 3

Published 3rd February 2017


Somalia

The endless election

Bombs, bribery, and dirty deals have delayed the selection of the president. The electoral process has lost credibility

Some six months after around 20,000 'electors' started choosing members of parliament, the electoral process is still going on. On 8 February, goes the latest forecast, the selection of a state president should take place. The fraught choice of the speaker and two deputy speakers is over. Parliament sat for its first session on 27 December and on 11 January, nearly five months after the scheduled date, 256 MPs made their choices. (Disputes and vote reviews are delaying the remaining 19 seats.)

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