Somalia president signs Political Parties Bill into law
Tuesday September 6 2016
Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. FILE PHOTO | AFP
All politicians are now required to register with the political parties by October 2018 in readiness for competitive universal suffrage in 2020, when all citizens will have the right to vote on the basis of one person one vote.
Somalia has been operating without de jure political parties since 1969 when President Mohamed Siad Barre took over power through a military coup and suspended all the activities of political parties.