2016 Somali parliamentary election

Indirect parliamentary elections were held in Somalia in October and November 2016. The Upper House was elected on 10 October, with voting taking place for the House of the People, which was elected between 23 October and 10 November 2016.[1] They were the first elections since 1984, and the newly elected Parliament was due to elect the President on 30 November.[2][3] However, the presidential elections were delayed and eventually held on 8 February 2017, when the MPs and Senators elected Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed as President.[4]

A woman delegate from Hirshabelle state casts her vote in Jowhar during the electoral process to choose members of the House of the People of the Federal Parliament of Somalia

The ongoing civil war prevented an election with full suffrage from taking place, and instead an indirect election was held, with 14,025 delegates, themselves appointed by clan elders, electing the Parliament.[4]


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