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Population: 10.8 mn.
GDP: n/a
Debt: $3.05 bn.

The new cabinet will be as bad as its predecessor. Allegations about President Hassan Sheikh's circle will be confirmed, creating more diplomatic discontent. Al Shabaab will target cabinet members and launch attacks in Kenya without any strategic gain, as the situation slowly gets worse.

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The who and the how of the presidency

Politicians gathered to agree how to choose the next president, while ISIS failed in a bid to take over Al Shabaab

Somalia's political elite has been trying to come up with a credible formula for choosing a new President next year. On 20 October, they gathered to thrash out options and after so...

The oil and the spoils

The quest for oil is hotting up and fuelling tension between Mogadishu and Puntland. A proposed moratorium may not cool tempers

Neither the whiff of scandal nor the investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in Britain into the activities of the UK company Soma Oil and Gas have dampened investor enthus...

Amisom loses friends

Once a shining example of what regional cooperation can achieve, Amisom has now fallen victim to the region’s shifting geopolitics

The African Union Mission in Somalia is suffering a crisis of confidence and a loss of purpose. After only a year in charge, the head of Amisom and AU Special Representative for So...

Amisom on defensive

Ethiopian forces and Somali National Army units have retreated to more easily defended positions after the devastating attack on an African Union Mission in Somalia base, sources i...

UK probes Soma’s local ties

Corruption investigators are looking in the British oil company’s payments to individuals within the oil ministry

A secret financial report, seen by Africa Confidential, claims that the British company Soma Oil and Gas Holdings Limited has made substantial payments over the last 18 months to t...


An offering to Obama

Kenya and Ethiopia want to present the US President with a victory against the Islamists in Somalia as Amisom’s funding is threatened

The Ethiopian and Kenyan military hope to welcome President Barack Obama to Kenya by capturing the town of Bardhere from the Somali Islamist militia Al Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahid...

A federal farrago

The new regional governments are generating conflicts among rivals and with Al Shabaab. That looks bad for next year's elections

The ferocity of Al Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahideen's Ramadan offensive has obscured growing divisions among clans – and between them and the government – over the increasing number...

Shabaab's surge

Al Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahideen's devastating attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia base at Leego on 26 June may mark the high point of the Islamist militia's 2015 Rama...

Polls poser for politicians

A delay to the elections is damaging Somaliland’s democratic credibility as Mogadishu’s electoral timetable takes a knock

Somaliland's reputation for dependability and as the most democratic entity in the Horn of Africa has been on the slide since Parliament decided this month not to go ahead with Jun...

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