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Somalia | It is Proving Impossible to Hold a Fully Democratic Election

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Written by  23 September 2015
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"How do you hold an election without registering voters? That is the question confronting Somali politicians—as well as hordes of diplomats, NGOs and other international hangers-on—trying to create a functional government in Somalia, a country of 10m people which has been effectively stateless since the fall of its military government in 1991... To the surprise of almost no one involved, Mr Hassan announced in July that a one-man, one-vote election next year will not be possible after all. He cited the ongoing fight with the Islamic State-linked al-Shabab and the need to maintain national unity. That the government has no capacity to actually conduct a vote in most of the country presumably also figured."

Source The Economist
Publication Country United Kingdom

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud of Somalia (Photo: Reuters)

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