Somalia: The top 10 candidates to watch ahead of the presidential polls

By Mohamed Sheikh Nor
Posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2022 00:51

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and his wife Zeinab Abdi applaud during his inauguration ceremony in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and his wife Zeinab Abdi applaud during his inauguration ceremony in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

After numerous delays, Somalia’s newly elected parliamentarians were sworn into office. The moment cemented the country’s efforts to hold its much-awaited elections that is following a tight deadline to choose a new president by the end of May before it loses out on the international funding promised for the government. Ahead of the polls, we look at the top 10 candidates to watch out for.

Following the swearing-in of the new MPs in the 11th parliament on 14 April, the next step ahead of the presidential polls is the upper house (senate) and house of the people elections. On Tuesday 26 April, senate members must elect their speaker, and on Wednesday 27 April, the newly elected parliamentarians must choose their speaker.

Should Somalia falter on its deadline, it is feared that its debt-relief package will be cancelled have to be started again.

A dozen candidates are running for the presidency. Victory is determined by the number of votes from MPs.