Q&A: An ambitious attempt to be Somalia’s first female president

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May 14, 2022

Q&A: An ambitious attempt to be Somalia’s first female president

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An election banner for Somali presidential candidate and former Foreign Minister Fowzia Yusuf Adam is seen in Mogadishu, Somalia May 12, 2022 [File: Feisal Omar/Reuters]

There are a few exceptions but Somali women hardly get into politics or hold top public office in what remains a deeply conservative society. Fowzia Yusuf, one of those, speaks to Al Jazeera on seeking another first.

This Sunday, Somalia is expected to hold its highly anticipated and long-delayed presidential election as 39 presidential candidates jostle for the country’s top position.

Some of the contenders include the incumbent, two former presidents, the immediate former prime minister and the president of the regional state of Puntland, joined the race.

Click here to read the full article published by Al Jazeera on 14 May 2022.

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Author: 
Bashir Mohamed Caato
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Al Jazeera
Publication year: 
2022
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