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Somalia's presidential elections postponed again

Somalia's presidential elections postponed again


Somalia’s presidential elections scheduled for November 30 have been postponed for a third time to a later unspecified date.

The chairman of the country’s electoral body told the media on Monday that the elections will be held before the end of the year.

Parliamentary elections expected to end before the scheduled date for the presidential is ongoing despite reports of irregularities and corruption which are under investigation.

Members of the 275-seat Lower House of parliament and the 54-seat Upper House elect the president, according to the country’s Provisional Federal Constitution.

As universal elections are not yet possible in Somalia, 14,025 clan representatives who form part of an Electoral College elect the 275 members of the Lower House of parliament while regional parliaments elect the 54 members of the Upper House.

Among the presidential candidates are the incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Fadumo Dayib, one of the two females to ever run for president in the East African country that has faced threats from Islamist group al-Shabaab.

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