Somalia’s big test will be how to marry the social power of the clan system with a democratic future.
The obstacles the new government must confront to earn the confidence of the people are challenging.
The decision to redeploy in Somalia represents a renewed emphasis on the old rivalry with Russia.
President Mohamud’s main challenge is to restore security in the capital Mogadishu and elsewhere.
Whoever wins the presidential election will inherit a host of challenges that have persistently tormented previous Somali leaders.
A transition is underway in Somalia. There are massive risks if it is not handled with great care.
The accelerated pace of Somalia’s election has been welcomed at home and abroad – but it comes at a credibility cost.
The international community is opposed to Farmaajo’s term extension because of fears that it’s a power grab consistent with political trends elsewhere in the region.
Although polarising, parliament’s move to extend Farmaajo’s term has presented a practical road-map to hold direct elections for the first time since 1969.
The current tensions have been driven by a delay in elections.The only feasible solution is to ensure that they take place.
As Somalia prepares to choose new leaders in 2021, questions remain around the viability of the country’s clan-based electoral system.
Despite complications and challenges, elections in Somalia promise to be a game changer.