Thursday, December 19, 2013

Somalia: Puntland's Postponed Elections

The International Crisis Group (ICG) published on 19 December 2013 a policy brief titled "Somalia: Puntland's Punted Polls." It analyzes the decision to cancel local elections last July, arguing this underscores the challenges of reconciling competing clan interests with a democratic constitution. The ICG concluded that the Puntland experience shows that donors and other international actors need to be heedful of local political realities, including support of elites, robustness of institutions and viability of electoral districts.

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