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A Welcome Chance for a Reset in Somalia

It took sixteen months, but Somalia’s elections have finally concluded – and without major incident.

In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Omar Mahmood looks at the challenges confronting the new chief executive and suggests some ways of tackling them.

  • Omar Mahmood
  • ICG

What happened in Somalia’s presidential election?

On 23 May, outgoing Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmajo” officially handed over power to his successor Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

The ceremony marked the conclusion of Somalia’s longest-ever electoral cycle…

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