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Lessons from the Missed Opportunity in Puntland’s Polls

Elections in the Somali state of Puntland were a mixed bag.

The vote was peaceful, but it followed an indirect model in which most have no voice.

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The re-elected president should reconcile with opponents while Somalia draws wider lessons from a failed experiment with democratisation. 

Puntland, Somalia’s oldest federal state, held polls on 8 January, an exercise that came off peacefully despite concerns that bitter disagreements over the electoral model would trigger violence.

Under considerable pressure, President Said Abdullahi Deni had agreed just a…

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