Somali president announces re-election bid

Somali president announces re-election bid



Somali President Mohamed Farmajo has officially announced his candidacy for re-election in the presidential elections slated for May 15 in the capital, Mogadishu.


Farmajo who made the announcement in a televised speech on Sunday evening; expressed his commitment to continue with the progress and development that; he has started during his first term in office.


The incumbent president who was elected in February 2017; said he decided to seek re-election in response to the many calls from the Somalis.

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“Thankfully, the presidential election will be held on the anniversary of the Somali Youth League, sending a powerful statement; that the Somali people are committed to restoring their statehood and national pride,” he said.


Farmajo joins a list of more than ten candidates who have been registered to contest in the presidential elections; whose conduct and results will have a consequential ripple effect on the social, political, and economic relations of the countries in the greater Horn of Africa region.


The 54-member Senate and the 275 members from the Lower House are expected to jointly elect a new president in an indirect vote in Mogadishu on May 15.


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