Can Somalia Implement Universal Suffrage?

 Source: World Politics Review published on 7 June 2024 an analysis titled “Somalia’s Constitutional Revision Is Deepening Political Divisions” by Omar Mahmood, International Crisis Group.

The author argues that Somalia’s leaders are signaling their seriousness to hold parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for February 2026 under a universal suffrage model in line with the country’s constitutional review.  Given security challenges and the enormous technical work required, previous attempts to do so repeatedly fell short in a country that hasn’t conducted an open universal suffrage election in over fifty years.