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Somalia

Somalia

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

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Electoral process stumbles but stays on track 

The tortuous parliamentary selection needs more time, but the chances are that Hassan Sheikh, despite losing international confidence, will win

No Somali President was elected on 30 November, as scheduled, but it looks now as though the process will be brought to a conclusion by 15 December. It had already become clear the...


ISIS's Puntland stunt

The brief seizure of Qandala by Da'ish supporters was made possible by a rupture in the clan alliances governing Puntland

After long seeking a foothold in Somalia, ISIS's Somali followers finally pulled off a coup by seizing the port of Qandala on 26 October. Capturing the Puntland town, 80 kilometre...


Shabaab fills Ethiopian vacuum

Ethiopia has been withdrawing forces from Somalia in order to help restore order at home, say military observers, and Al Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahideen has moved in to fill the va...


Electoral roads to federalism

As the country goes to the polls, the base is broader but will the government that emerges be more legitimate than its predecessors?

Four years ago, general elections took place in Mogadishu in a hectic atmosphere created mostly by an international community determined to show that the political transition was o...


Coordinated exit

In June, General Edward Katumba Wamala, Chief of the Defence Forces, announced plans to withdraw Ugandan troops from Somalia by the end of 2017. That echoed recent signs from Kenya...


Stand-off over Dadaab

Refugee experts and diplomats are divided on whether Kenya is serious about its stated intention to close down the huge Dadaab refugee camp in November, Africa Confidential is told...


US comes to struggling Amisom's aid

The African Union member countries are at odds, leaving US air power – and some propaganda – to make up for military failures

The international coalition against Al Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen has been relying recently on a war of words – as well as United States drones and Special Forces – to keep u...


Amisom struggles

A funding gap and a string of defeats head a long list of problems for the African alliance fighting Islamist militants

The health of the African Union Mission in Somalia is still in question after the leaders of the troop-contributing countries ended a crucial summit on its financing and its future...


Al Shabaab sees off Da'ish

Al Qaida's loyalists ruthlessly purged the militia of Da'ish sympathisers after they tried to take over

For many Somali government officials, the recent visit by a senior British general confirmed what many already knew: sticking to the Western agenda of security fears earns more res...


Division all around

Special interests hamper the federal project, while a split in Al Shabaab threatens devastating consequences for Kenya

This was supposed to be the year Somalia moved to a national electoral register and elected a president. Instead, the scene is set for rising tension among the 'regional entities' ...


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