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Oil-Rich Somali Region Set to Elect New President

Oil Operations on the Outskirts of Baku
Photographer: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

Lawmakers will elect a new president Tuesday in the semi-autonomous Somali region of Puntland, which is battling factions of al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

More than 20 candidates are taking part in the vote, including Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, 53, who has ruled the Horn of Africa region since 2014. Ali is seeking a second term and has pledged to develop infrastructure, improve security and the management of public finances.