Five new Somali political parties have submitted their names and logos to the country’s electoral commission ahead of one-person, one-vote elections scheduled for 2020.
Analysts see the registration of the new parties as a major step towards a return to democracy and a sign of enthusiasm for multiparty politics in Somalia, which is recovering from decades of a brutal civil war.
The Somali National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) said the five new parties join 10 others it had registered in the past.
The head of NIEC, Ismail Ibrahim, said multipartyism will help “eliminate tribalism…in the country” and help the Horn of African nation shift from clan-based politics.
The new parties are: The National Solution Party, Somali Personality and Society Party, Somali Partriotism and Development Party, Somali People’s Partym and the Justice and Safety Fair Party.