"Huge sense of anticipation" ahead of Somalia presidential vote

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A policeman directs traffic at a checkpoint in downtown Mogadishu, Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones (file)

There is "a huge sense of anticipation" in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, ahead of presidential elections on Wednesday, according to UN Special Representative in the country, Michael Keating.

Twenty-three men, including incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, are vying to lead the Horn of Africa country which has not had a central government for decades.

The UN and the international community, including forces serving with the African Union mission, AMISOM, have been supporting the electoral cycle which began with parliamentary elections last year.

The 329 members of parliament will gather at Mogadishu airport for three rounds of voting that will determine who will be president.

Dianne Penn spoke to Mr Keating on the eve of the vote.

Duration: 4'27"

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