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Somalia overcomes terrorism fears to hold historic presidential election

By: Duncan WOODSIDE | Thaïs BROUCK
1 min

After months of delays, Somalia is holding a presidential election. On Wednesday, more than 300 MPs and senators will choose a president from 22 candidates, including incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. For many observers, holding this poll is a victory in itself; a sign that Somalia, despite being regularly targeted by al Shabaab terrorists and threatened by famine, is gradually getting back on its feet. Our team reports from Mogadishu, where security has been stepped up considerably.

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A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett, Josh Vardey and Laura Burloux.

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