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Former Somali President Urges gov't to speed up elections

Former Somali President Urges gov't to speed up elections

Former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has voiced concern over continuing delay in Somalia’s election and urged the federal government to speed up election progress. "According to the constitution, the country must hold elections every four years. I woke up on February 8, 2017, as president, and returned at night as a civilian, and I slept well, so it is not necessary to sit in a chair and have one person sit down if the term expires," the former president said. The former president made the remarks while in Turkey at a function organized by Somalis on Monday night. He termed president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo dictator for overstaying in office contrary to constitutional dictates. Somalia was to hold presidential elections on February 8 but that timeline has since been missed for close to a year. The election in in Somalia is indirect electoral system used where special delegates nominated by clan head select parliamentarians, who in turn nominate the president.

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