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Somali Islamist group founder to contest presidential elections

A former commander of militant Islamist group al-Shabab, and one of its founders, Mukhtar Robow, has been barred from running for public office in Somalia.

The ministry of interior has said in a statement that he is unable to put his name forward for the presidency of the country’s South-West state as he still faces sanctions.

The announcement comes a day after Mr Robow declared his intention to run.

He is the highest ranking al-Shabab militant to defect from the group, despite being one of its founders.

Mr Robow had expressed his willingness, if he won, to forge a strong relationship with the federal government, which has been feuding with some state administrations.

In 2000 he trained with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

He left al-Shabab in 2012 because of what he called ideological differences. He then led his own group of militants who often fought against al-Shabab.

In June last year, following reports that Mr Robow was in talks with the Somali government, the US State Department removed him from its terror list and scrapped a $5m (£3.85m) reward for his capture.

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