Fears of Al-Shabab Attacks Rise Ahead of Somalia’s Delayed Elections

A member of the security forces walks past a wrecked vehicle outside the Elite Hotel following an al-Shabab attack, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Aug. 17, 2020 (AP photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh).
A member of the security forces walks past a wrecked vehicle outside the Elite Hotel following an al-Shabab attack, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Aug. 17, 2020 (AP photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh).
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NAIROBI, Kenya—Federal elections that were supposed to be held in Somalia starting this month are behind schedule due to a dispute between the president and his political rivals. According to the electoral plan, legislative elections were to be held throughout December, followed by a vote in the Federal Parliament in February to elect the country’s next president. But opposition candidates are protesting the membership of two committees charged with overseeing the balloting, claiming they are packed with President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s allies, allegedly giving him an unfair advantage as he seeks reelection. The president, widely known in Somalia by his […]

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