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Somali parliament set to elect new president

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Members of parliament will vote on Monday to elect a new leader, among 25 qualified candidates, who will appoint a prime minister to form a cabinet.

Somalia’s new parliament was sworn in for the first time in more than 20 years in August.

The presidential election has been delayed several times, having already missed an August 20 deadline.

Outgoing President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed is seeking a second term in office, promising the parliament that if he is elected, the Somali people will soon have the chance to elect their own leaders unlike the current trend where elders select the president on behalf of the people.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The African nation is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.

The presidential candidates must take two-thirds of the votes to win outright, otherwise the top four candidates will go into a second round, with a third round of the final two, where the winner is selected by a simple majority.

Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, former Premier Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, the leader of Somalia’s Peace and Development Party, and Maslah Mohamed Siad Barre, the son of the former Somali dictator enjoy a better chance of winning the positions of president and prime minister.

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