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Vol 58 No 4

Published 17th February 2017


Somalia

MPs reject foreigners' choice

Angered by corruption and continuing insecurity, MPs picked the maverick Farmajo. But the regime still depends on outside help

Colonel Gebre's face was a study in distress. Ethiopia's ubiquitous pro-consul, who has never concealed his sense of entitlement to decide Somalia's future, was crestfallen as the result of the Somali Parliament's vote came in. Ethiopia's man, and that of several other outside powers, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, had lost despite showering the Assembly with money. Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed 'Farmajo' had come up the middle on a wave of nationalist sentiment and resentment of foreign interference (AC Vol 53 No 23). In the process, he also overtook the man who was President in 2009-12, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

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