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Somali Prime Minister vows no return to indirect elections, promises direct voting

Tuesday April 30, 2024

Mogadishu (HOL) - Somali Prime Minister Hamse Abdi Barre has pledged that the country will not revert to the previous method of indirect elections held at the Afisyoni tent inside Mogadishu's Aden Adde Airport.

Speaking in Mogadishu on Tuesday, Prime Minister Barre emphasized that they are actively working on an electoral process allowing the people to directly vote for their leaders.

"We are transparent about this; we are not deceiving anyone. Our aim is clear, and we are committed to ensuring that returning to the tent is not an option for us. Those advocating for the old approach must understand the risks we faced in the last election. Our duty dictates that we do not regress to the circumstances of 2022," 
he added.

The bicameral parliament recently unanimously approved proposals to overhaul the country's electoral system, reintroducing universal suffrage after weeks of intense debate.

Last March, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud pledged to end the complex clan-based indirect voting system in place for more than half a century in the troubled Horn of Africa nation.


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