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The Jubbaland State President, Ahmed Mohamed Islam Madobe, flanked by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating (2nd from left), the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira (left), and UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, at a press conference in Kismaayo, Somalia, on 12 February 2017. UN Photo

The newly elected president of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo (centre) makes an acceptance speech as the outgoing president Hasan Sheikh Mohamud listens at the Mogadishu Airport on 8 February 2017. UN Photo.

Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari, addresses House of the People and journalists after he was declared the winner in the race for the Speaker of the House of the People of the Federal Parliament in Mogadishu, Somalia on 11 January 2017. UN Photo

Author and political analyst, Abukar Sheikh Ahmed says:“The debate on the issues of the election from the public perspective was not interesting because there was no public voting and campaigning. Most of the candidates knew their target and they were campaigning in parliament and clans.”

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG), for Somalia, Michael Keating, tours the livestock market on a working visit to Beletweyne, Somalia on 5 January 2017. UN Photo

Hayle Jimale one of 200-plus members of parliament who will elect the next president of Somalia. He is also from the minority Tumaal clan and says the acceptance of minorities in the electoral process is itself democracy.

New parliamentarians are sworn in during an inauguration ceremony for members of Somalia's Upper House and the House of the People in Mogadishu on 27 December 2016. UN Photo.

Sahra Yusuf Ege, the winner of a seat in the House of the People for Somaliland, gives a victory speech to delegates during Somalia's ongoing electoral process in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 25 December 2016. UN Photo.

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