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Somali Election Chaos And The US Travel Ban

When Somalia held presidential elections this week, it was a small group of legislators that did the voting, rather than the general public. 

The election had been postponed several times because of security concerns and the potential risk of a terror attack. In the end, a group of lawmakers voted in a heavily guarded air force base in Mogadishu.  They selected a former prime minister who holds dual U.S.-Somali citizenship. 

We talk about the recent election and the impact the travel ban has had on the Somali-American community with Ahmed Samatar,  a professor of international studies and founding dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College.

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