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Somaliland voters choose next leader
Somaliland voters choose next leader

Unrecognized breakaway state holds first presidential vote in 7 years  

World Bulletin / News Desk

Nearly 900,000 voters in the unrecognized country of Somaliland are going to the polls on Monday to elect a president following a week of campaigning.

Polling began at 7 a.m. (O400GMT) and is expected to end at 6 p.m. (1500GMT) with results to be announced within a week.

More than 873,000 people have registered to cast their vote on Monday’s at 1,600 polling stations across the territory.

More than 25 years ago, after a ferocious civil war, north-west Somalia broke away from the rest of the country and declared itself independent.

Somaliland is not officially recognized as a sovereign state, but it has achieved relative stability since it declared independence in 1991.


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