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Date:27 Aug 2012
Somalia gears up for election

Campaigns for presidency is gearing up in the war torn capital Mogadishu despite no clear date set for the elections

According to Political Analyst, Mohammed Abukar Zubeyr, Somalis during this year's election expect to see new faces and educated people with majority youth and public support gain power so that issues like illiteracy and poverty may be best addressed.

Meanwhile, Outgoing Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, a Harvard-educated technocrat Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, the outgoing Somali parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, and a former Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo are perceived by many as the top four candidates for the Somali presidency.

The International Crisis Group in a press statement earlier this week said that the current political process in Somalia has been as undemocratic as the one it seeks to replace, with unprecedented levels of political interference, corruption, and intimidation in regards to the MPs selection process.

‘’This year’s election has witnessed the largest number of candidates in the nation’s history. ''The election is set to be held in Somali soil for the first time in two decades.” Abdulaziz Billow Ali concludes.


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