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Former Somalia Information Minister and current candidate Dahir Mohamud Gelle has announced that he has exited the Presidential race hours before the election takes place in Mogadishu.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Gelle urged lawmakers to elect a candidate who will bring reforms to the Horn of Africa Nation and take it to a greater height.

Gelle thanked members of both chambers of the Federal parliament and his supporters for supporting his candidature.

He becomes the third Presidential contender to withdraw his candidacy after Abdikarim Hassan Gulled, Sahab party leader and head of Gurmad party Abdinasir Abdille Mohamed who have both announced that they have stepped down in favour of MP elect and Wadajir Party leader Abdirahman Abdishakur who is among the front runners in the race for Villa Somalia.

Gulled however did not mention the reason or the person he stepped down for but in recent days there has been heightened cajoling and shifting from one coalition and candidate to another.

Somalia is expected to convene Presidential election on Sunday May 15 which has been occasioned by a year and half delay due to dispute among the top Somali leaders over the management of elections.

Source of original article: Radio Dalsan (
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