President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed has dismissed a UN report that accused senior leaders of corruption and defended his record as he campaigned for re-election in a landmark vote.
Ahmed, who took over as head of a Western-backed transitional government in 2009, also promised he would step down if he lost. The presidential election will end a succession of UN-backed transitional governments, in place since 2004. Western and regional states have pumped in millions of dollars in aid, and sent African troops to help crush al Qaeda-affiliated militants.
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