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Election observer’s diary of the Somaliland election

12 July 2010

In Somaliland earlier this month, there was a change in power  — and it was even reported on by the Associated Press.  But there’s more to elections than who wins. Here is a link to some observations on the recent election in Somaliland. An excerpt:

We foreigners, the non-Somali ones anyway, can only hope to absorb so much. So we fall back on the visuals. To avoid potential clashes, the three candidates take it in turns to campaign exclusively on particular days. Long trains of cars, buses and trucks, each crammed with more people—men, women and children, the young vastly outnumbering the middle-aged and the old—than the technology should rightly bear thread through the streets. Loudspeakers blare, women ululate.

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