Lawmakers have finally chosen a new president. Current President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed was hoping to stay in power.
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Somalia Postpones Long-Delayed Election
Somalia’ elections scheduled to begin on Sunday have been postponed due to months of delays in the profoundly insecure Horn of Africa country.
Somaliland Vote Highlights Progress In Breakaway Region
Somaliland will vote in parliamentary and local elections Monday, highlighting progress in the semi-autonomous region of Somalia.
Somalia’s President Signs Law Extending His Tenure
As the U.S. and others threatened sanctions, Somalia’s president defiantly signed a law extending his and his government’s tenure.
Somali Journalist Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison By Military Court
With neither lawyer nor family present, Somalia’s autonomous Puntland state sentenced journalist Kilwe Adan Farah to 3 years in jail.
Persecution Campaign Targets Journalists in Somalia’s Puntland
Authorities in Somalia’s Puntland have escalated their attacks on media freedom ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections.
Is Somalia’s Clan System Undermining Democracy?
Complicating matters is the country’s unique electoral system which has long centered around a clan-based model.
Reconciliation will be crucial to the success of elections in Somalia in 2021
Despite great optimism, insecurity and a fractious political space mean reconciliation will be crucial to the success of elections in Somalia in 2021.
Somaliland Celebrates Independence Despite Lack of Recognition
The breakaway state of Somaliland is preparing to celebrate 28 years since it declared independence from Somalia. No country recognizes Somaliland as a sovereign nation
Somaliland Must Free Poet Detained for Political Poem on Justice Reform
Somaliland authorities should immediately and unconditionally release from arbitrary detention Abdirahman Ibrahim Adan, a poet known as “Abdirahman Abees.