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Having carved herself a reputation as one of the government’s most vocal and visible critics, Amina Mohamed Abdi is vying for a third term in Somalia’s parliamentary elections – the only woman in a field of six contesting the same seat

Amina Mohamed Abdi was just 24 when she first stood for Somalia’s parliament in 2012, defying elders from her clan. Today, she is one of the most vocal critics of the government and is battling for a third term

“I was asked ‘you want to be a prostitute? How can a woman represent a clan?’ I insisted and said a clan is not composed only of men.” Four years later, Amina Mohamed Abdi won an open seat in Hiran, north of the capital Mogadishu.

Amina Mohamed Abdi was just 24 when she first stood for Somalia's parliament in 2012, defeating two other candidates to win a seat reserved for women and defying elders from her Hawiye clan

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