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    Mogadishu residents celebrate Eid ahead of a tumultuous presidential election.

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    Because this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebrations coincided with the country’s long-overdue election process, Somalis honored the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan by praying together and praying for the country.

    Residents in Mogadishu were concerned this time last year after fighting broke out between rival factions of the security forces during the last 10 days of Ramadan. President Farmajo’s failed quest to prolong his tenure by two years, despite heavy opposition, started the conflict.

    However, Somalia’s MPs elected leadership of the parliament during Ramadan this year, and the president is expected to be elected before May 15.

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