Somalia’s presidential candidates run as dual citizens

1024x576_350583Somalia’s 275-member Lower House of parliament and the 54-member Upper House are set to elect the country’s ninth president since its independence in 1960.

Most Somalis have lived outside their country as refugees due to the civil war that hit Somalia since 1991.

The 18 presidential candidates are no exception as majority of them are residents of the United States and Canada where they acquired citizenship statuses.

Dual citizenship does not bar them from running for presidency so far as they have a Somali passport.

Besides President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, ex-President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, Mohamed Ali Nur and Jabril Ibrahim Abdulle, the rest of the candidates are reported to have dual citizenship.

Check out the list of dual citizenship holders below and their second countries.

  • Fadumo Dayib – Canada
    Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke – Canada
    Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed – Canada
    Abdirahman Abdullahi Baadiyow – Canada
    Dr. Abdinasir Mohamed – United States
    Anab Dahir – United States
    Dr.Bashir Nur-Bidaar H Looyan – United States
    Abdirizak Omar Mohamed – United States
    Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed – United States
    Mohamud Ahmed Nur Tarsan – United Kingdom
    Abdirahman Farole – Australia
    Said Abdullahi Dani – Denmark
    Yassin Mahi Mallin – Sweden

Source: Africanews

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