Somalia's political deadlock: Why have elections been delayed?

“Compromise, compromise,” cried Sheikh Abdi Umal, one of Somalia’s most prominent religious leaders in a rare address to the country’s political class in March, as the electoral deadlock entered its second month. “You weren’t born with that chair, and it wasn’t born with you,” he continued. Compromise, it appears, is in short supply, as the latest round of talks, described by former Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud as the “last opportunity” to reach an agreement, broke down on Wednesday. It was the third time in less than six months that Somalian leaders had failed to strike an election …

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