Presidential election day

Somalia Has Lost A Valuable Leader

A week ago, precisely on the historic day of May 15, Hassan Sheikh Mahamoud’s victory in a presidential election deemed fraudulent and the loss of incumbent President Farmajo, a valued leader, sent shock waves throughout Somalia. President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” who was elected for a four-year term in February 2017 is immensely popular with Somalis […]

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Avisioni tent

Public Anxiety As Somalia Awaits Presidential Election

There is one day left until the May 15 presidential election and anxiety is mounting with uncertainty over who will be Somalia’s next president. The indirect election, which has dragged on for a year and a half, has created unease throughout the country, especially since the people have no control over the process. A dozen […]

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Newly elected MPs

Somalia Elects Parliament Speakers Amid Controversy

Following a tumultuous week, the two chambers of the 11th Somali parliament, whose members were sworn in on April 14, finally elected their speakers and deputy speakers. The process is nonetheless marred by endless controversy. On the eve of the April 26 election, a controversy erupted after the House of the People interim speaker Abdisalam […]

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Deni on his throne

Said Deni: Between Autocratic Tendency And Foreign Backing

A week ago, Said Abdullahi Deni, the president of the Somali region of Puntland, has declared his candidacy to the country’s top seat. In his announcement speech, Deni said his main objective was to defeat the incumbent, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. He also called on all forces opposing the president to support him. Deni’s autocratic […]

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Gamal Reelection

Gamal’s Uphill Battle For Re-election

After weeks of an uphill battle, Gamal Hassan, the Somali Minister of Planning, saw his candidacy to represent his clan in the Federal Parliament blocked. The controversial announcement made yesterday by the Puntland Electoral Commission put an end to his re-election bid. Puntland’s State Election Implementation Team (SEIT) has published the much expected list of […]

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How The Looming Deadline Reveals The Ugly Truth Of The Indirect Election

There are two days left to conclude Somalia’s parliamentary election as the February 25 agreed deadline approaches. With 70% of the 275 seats filled, politicians are resorting to dirty tricks to get their allies elected. Interestingly, the looming deadline revealed the ugly truth about the indirect election. For the past few days, things have been […]

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Week Observer

Week Observer: January 7 – January 15

Elections 2021 Jan 15 The Federal Election Implementation Team (FEIT) elected Mr. Muse Gelle Yusuf as its new Chairman following a secret ballot eclipsed by political pressure and vote buying. Gelle, the former Puntland’s Bari region governor, was supported by Said Abdullahi Deni and Prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble. He is expected to sway FEIT decisions […]

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Drought Kids queuing for water

Somalis Expect Leadership As Drought Hits Hard

Somali regions from north to south and east to west are struggling with severe drought characterized by lack of rain, low rivers and declining pastures. So far, the disaster has displaced up to 200,000 Somalis seeking humanitarian assistance in other areas. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has estimated […]

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PM Roble and the opposition

Will Roble Give In To Opposition Demand To Halt Elections?

Following the hubbub from an opposition group on the conduct of the federal elections and foreign diplomats supporting these latest grievances, Prime Minister Mohamed Roble is seeking support to respond to the opposition demand to halt the elections. The dozen “potential” presidential candidates, united under the Council of Presidential Candidates (CPC) headquartered at the Jazeera […]

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Gamal Hassan

Gamal Hassan’s Eventful Passage Through Puntland

IIn recent days, the Somali public has been outraged by the harassment Gamal Hassan, the Federal Planning Minister, suffered upon arriving at Garowe Airport, Puntland, on his way to his hometown of Badhan, in the Sanag region. The harassment did not end there. On his way back to Garowe, Puntland’s ruling class of which Said […]

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