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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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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...

Old faces, old problems

The horse-trading which led to a new government leaves many hostages to fortune. We detail the bargaining that led to the latest cabinet

On 9 February, after weeks of bickering among politicians, Somalis were given a new government. In some respects, it's not very different from the old one; some ministers from the ...

The federation tango

The President’s new cabinet will face the same intractable issues as the last. Lack of international patience is another problem

Last month, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud survived a political crisis and finally sacked Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed, enabling him to appoint a new cabinet (a re...

Al Shabaab shake-up

Militia leaders make overtures to their enemies while the government is mired in financial scandal

In an attempt to terminally weaken Al Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahideen, the Somali and United States governments are both trying to exploit the killing of its leader, Ahmed Abdi God...

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