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Who To Follow On Somaliland Election Photos: Mustafa Saeed



After breaking away from Somalia in 1991, the self-declared state Somaliland went to the polls for the third time since their independence to elect their new president. Three candidates were competing to replace President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud, who opted not to seek re-election: Muse Bihi Abdi of the ruling Kulmiye party, Faysal Ali Warabe of UCID and Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi of the Waddani party. Results of the 13 November elections, certified as free and fair by a team of 60 international observers, announced ruling part candidate Muse Bihi Abdi as the new president of Somaliland with 55 percent of the vote.

Day-after-day, Mustafa Saeed closely followed the election campaign until the most awaited announcement, capturing historical moments on the streets, in polling stations, and rallies, as well as in meetings of the three political parties in course. Through his images and unique access, we feel the growing national excitement, suspense and tension. We are taken right inside one of the most decisive moments of Somaliland’s young history.

Mustafa Saeed is an artist and his work explores different mediums including documentary photography, graphics and sound. Mustafa’s work marries poetic symbolism with sociopolitical critique to explore issues of war, conflict and environment. He is based in Hargeisa and has participated in different local and international exhibitions.