As far as presidential positions go, Somalia must rank as one of the toughest in the world.

The Horn of Africa country has been mired in conflict, poverty and Islamist insurgency over the past two decades. Somalia only established its first federal government in 2012 after more than 20 years of political vacuum, following the toppling of Siad Barre in 1991. Barre’s demise resulted in a protracted civil war thataided the evolution of Al-Shabab, a militant group with ties to Al-Qaeda, which continues to plague the country despite more than 20,000 African Union troops being deployed to defeat the islamist insurgents. Somalia also has one of the weakest economies in the world, ranking 152 out of 195 countries in terms of national GDP in 2015.

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