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International partners urge Somali lawmakers to "discharge their constitutional responsibility" in Sunday's vote

Sunday May 15, 2022

Ahead of Somalia's Presidential election on Sunday, international partners have called on Parliament "to discharge their constitutional responsibility in the best interests of the country."

"We urge the parliamentarians to vote their conscience by choosing the candidate they believe offers the policies and leadership qualities to advance peace, stability, prosperity, and sound governance in the years ahead," the partners said in a joint statement on Saturday.

The long-delayed presidential election is seen as the final part of a lengthy electoral process that heightened tension in the Horn of African country following the lapse of incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's term last year.

Electoral authorities registered 39 candidates, including the incumbent and two former presidents.

Fawzia Yusuf Haji Adam, a legislator who once served as Somalia's foreign minister, is the only female candidate in the election.

Ahead of the vote, Somalia's government announced a full curfew in the capital, Mogadishu, covering traffic and people, from Saturday at 9pm (18:00 GMT) until Monday at 6am (03:00 GMT).

A candidate will win the election in the first round if they secure two-thirds of the votes cast by the 329 legislators of the bicameral parliament.

Experts however foresee more than one round of voting.


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