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14 000 people to elect next Somali parliament this year

20 April 2016, 10:42

United Nations - Somalia's president says the Horn of Africa nation, which is grappling with violent extremists, has agreed that an electoral college with almost 14 000 people will elect members of parliament - a hundred times more than the 135 elders who selected current members in 2012.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that this year's electoral process will take the country "one step closer" to one-person, one-vote elections by 2020.

He said the electoral process this year will see a choice of candidates, voting not just in the capital Mogadishu but across Somalia, a dispute resolution process, and 30% of seats reserved for women.

While almost 80% of the country has been liberated from Al-Shabab rebels, Mohamud said "terrorism and violent extremism" still pose a threat.

- AP


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