By Nizar Manek, 13 November 2017
- Three candidates competing as territory’s leader steps down
- International observers attending vote initially due in 2015
A breakaway region of Somalia chooses a new president Monday for the territory that’s experienced relative peace as authorities in the south battle a deadly al-Qaeda-backed insurgency.
Three candidates are running for the presidency in Somaliland as Ahmed Mohamoud Silanyo steps down after seven years in office. The vote in the former British protectorate, which cut ties with the wider Horn of Africa country in 1991 amid a civil war, was initially scheduled for 2015 but delayed because of drought, garnering criticism from nations including the U.S.