Dalsan Radio (Mogadishu)

5 September 2014

Somalia: A Woman Announces Her Candidacy for Somalia's Presidency in 2016

Yle newspaper from Hilsinki, Finland published on Thursday that a Finish woman of Somali origin, Fatuma Dayib is the first Somalia woman presidential candidate for the 2016 presidential election.

Fatuma is currently studying at Havard University in Britain and feels that she is ready for the election. "I want to be the Somali president. I say this because I believe women now have an opportunity to lead Somalia", Fatuma said. She added that in the past women were not allowed to participate in politics but Somalia is currently ready to have a woman president. In an interview with Yle newspaper, Fatuma said she will go to Somalia in the couple of years to come so as to engage herself with her campaign. "There are Somalis and non-Somalis from all over the world who will take part in my campaign selflessly believing that a woman can be a president for Somalia". She said.

Fatuma has arrived in Finland in 1990s as a refugee. She says despite her will to become a presidential candidate in Somalia, it is very dangerous to become a presidential candidate or even a politician in Somalia. She said she already got several death threats.

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