‘War helaa-tala hela’

This month I had the privilege of adding an interesting book in Somali, written by a renowned Somali politician and author, to my reading list. To begin with, this book is different from the books I usually read in so many ways but one unique difference, other than the language it’s written in, is that the premise of the book is politics which I am not a big fan of. However, I learned from the…

Report on possible 2020 electoral model for Somalia

The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies has published today a report on possible 2020 electoral model for Somalia. First, after describing electoral systems in general, the report narrates the history of elections in Somalia going back to the era of trusteeship in 1950 – 1960. Secondly the report outlines four electoral options for 2020 – three of which are closed list and one first past the post system. 1. ‘The Baydhabo Proposal’ calls for closed…