Together, we must never give up

I am disheartened by the current state of the electoral process in Somalia. We have so much love for our country, and many share in our strong desire for reconciliation and honest government — but those in power are rigging our political process to work in their favor while leaving the voices of ordinary Somalis behind.

These last few weeks have been the most trying of my career in public service. The election violence and corruption of late have left me deeply disappointed for all our families. Election sites are reporting intimidation, threats, fraud, bribery, suppression of women’s participation by refusal to accept seat designations for women, rejection of delegate lists from traditional elders, and the arrest of candidates. This is extremely troubling, and demands the role of new leadership to get us back on track toward democracy.

We have watched positions of power again be bought and paid for by people whose only interest is winning for personal gain, instead of a brighter future for Somalia. Somalis deserve leaders who believe in accountability for our leaders, hope for our future, and prosperity for all of Somalia.

While I have grave concerns for the political process in Somalia — it is clear that we cannot give up. It’s easy to lose sight of what’s important when injustice and dishonesty become the norm, and the progress towards democracy we’ve made thus far is threatened by greed and violent extremism. But to stop fighting for the people of Somalia is an option I never once considered.

As we near the end of the electoral process and my run for president of the Federal Republic of Somalia, we must unite now more than ever to stand up to these corrupt practices that threaten our progress as a country.

Share this blog with your friends and family to let them know that there are still leaders who believe that all Somalis deserve elected officials who answer to the people. It’s time to #FixSomaliaNow through fair, transparent, and accountable elections.

This election is much bigger than my campaign for President — it’s about our country and the future of our democracy. That’s why I can’t do this alone. Every Somali citizen needs to join with me to say that we are not going to tolerate corruption.

Share this blog to help spread the word that, together, we must #FixSomaliaNow by putting an end to government corruption and rebuilding our democracy.

Thank you for your support,

Mohamed Abdirizak

Learn more about my campaign at www.mohamedabdirizak.com

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