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President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud promises direct vote in 2026

Friday May 27, 2022

Mogadishu (HOL) - Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud promised a nationwide election in the country in 2026, promising not to return to the Afisioni airport, where the last two indirect elections were held.

Speaking at an event in Mogadishu on Thursday night that discussed the challenges of this month-long electoral process in which he was elected on 15 May, Mohamud said that while what had happened could be forgiven, it would not be forgotten as a lesson.

He also promised to take governance from regional capitals to the district level, where people can elect their local representatives. He requested the people support the process.

He added that if the Somali people are given the opportunity, they can elect good leaders who can implement democracy to the people's satisfaction.

Mohamud, who was voted out of power in 2017, was re-elected by Somalia's parliament on 15 May in Mogadishu, defeating the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo in indirect elections.

Somalia has not held a popular election since 1964.