Monday May 9, 2022
Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed announced his
candidacy for long-delayed presidential elections that will be held later this
“I’m announcing my re-election candidature,” the incumbent,
popularly known as Farmajo, said in a televised speech. “I call for both houses
of the parliament to vote for me.”
Farmajo, who was elected as president in February 2017, will
be running against dozens of candidates for the country’s top seat in elections
that had originally been scheduled to take place in February 2021. Other
contenders including two former presidents Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud and Sheikh
Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the former prime minister Hassan Ali Khaire and the leader
of oil-rich region Puntland, Said Abdullahi Deni.
Aspirants seeking to be eligible for the race officially
registered at the office of parliamentary organizing committee of the
presidential elections in Mogadishu on Sunday.