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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.

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.

MP-elect Hussein Isse Arab delivers a speech moments after being declared winner during the electoral process for Somaliland and the northern regions held in Mogadishu on Thursday, December 22, 2016. UN Photo.

Maria Axfeldt, Police Advisor with UNSOM in Baidoa, gives a briefing on a new policing model during a workshop training session in Baidoa, Somalia, on 6 December, 2016. UN Photo.

A female delegate casts her vote in the Somaliland election to vote a member of parliament into Somalia's House of the People in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 12 December 2016. UN Photo