Presidential elections are scheduled to be held in Somalia on 10 October, 2021. The current acting president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, has been in office since the February 2017 election and his term expired on 8 February 2021. In January 2019, former president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed announced his candidacy for the election, citing the “inability of the current leadership to restore peace and security” against Al Shabaab militants who still control large rural regions of the country. Sharif formed a political party for the election, Himilo Qaran (National Vision). As a group of 14 presidential candidates met in Mogadishu for a six day conference in November the Council of Presidential Candidates was formed and Sharif was nominated as chairman.
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Welcoming the electoral agreement in Somalia
UN reports `significant progress’ toward Somalia elections