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High spirits as Somaliland prepares to vote

High spirits as Somaliland prepares to vote
From Al Jazeera - November 12, 2017

Hargeisa, Somaliland -High spirits and a celebratory atmosphere have characterised the political campaign rallies in the run-up to a long-awaited presidential election in the self-declared state of Somaliland, which is due to take place on November 13.

This is Somaliland's first presidential election since 2010 and the stakes are high. Three candidates - Faysal Ali Warabe of UCID party, Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi of Waddani party and Muse Bihi Abdi, of the ruling Kulmiye party - are vying to replace Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud "Silanyo", the current head of state.

The contest was delayed for more than two years due to voter registration issues, lack of funding and a devastating drought.

The process will be witnessed by international election observers funded by the UK government, as well as a team of over 600 domestic observers who will be reporting on polling day using SMS.

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