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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.”

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.

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