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New deal breathes life into Somalia’s election process

Monday, June 7, 2021

Significance

The deal opens a consensual path to elections after the parties agreed on steps to address disputes that have delayed polls since last December.

Impacts

  • Regional authorities will need to ramp up preparations to address the challenges posed by al-Shabaab, COVID-19 and seasonal flooding.
  • Divisive polls will make the search for the political consensus to address key state-building tasks in the post-poll period challenging.
  • Somaliland leaders will use the comparison with their just-concluded peaceful, democratic vote to push their independence claims.

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