Somalia's ex-PM Hassan Ali Khaire enters race for presidency, but ...

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What you need to know:

  • Mr Khaire's declaration means the race for Villa Somalia, the State house, will be crowded with big names such as President Farmajo and former presidents Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud and Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
  • Many expressed sympathy because of the seemingly unfair manner in which he was removed from power but after his announcement, his critics struck almost immediately.
  • But the message he posted on his Twitter account on Saturday immediately elicited anger among his opponents, some of whom think he masterminded the failures in the current administration.

Somalia's former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire, whose Cabinet lost a parliamentary vote of confidence in July, has returned with a bid for the president.

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