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Somalia

Somalia

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

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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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...


Reports of his death… the UPDATE

Godane has fallen to a US air strike, contrary to our earlier information. Choosing a new chief may be problematic but no strategic change is likely

The killing of Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen leader Ahmed Abdi Godane by the United States on 1 September is unlikely to leave a vacancy for long. The Pentagon announced on 2 Se...


Politicians as targets

The latest round of murderous attacks contradicts President Hassan’s claims to have stabilised the country

The murder of the popular singer and member of Parliament Saado Ali Warsame on 23 July and of MP and former minister Aden Madeer on 1 August was a sharp reminder of the continuing ...


More states less unity

Regions are being created as part of a federal state but their prospects are poor because they don’t enjoy legitimacy

Distracted by political turmoil and terrorism in Kenya, most regional observers missed the announcement by Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed that the government w...


Parliament wants the President's head

A letter from almost half of all MPs calls on Hassan Sheikh to step down or be forced out

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is fighting for his political life after more than 100 members of parliament petitioned him to resign over his failure to tackle security. If he did...


Regime's grip weakens

Hassan Sheikh’s government can’t plug the leaks in public finances while Al Shabaab attacks increase in the capital. It’s a dangerous combination

Somalia is beleaguered on all fronts: terrorist attacks are on the rise, the government cannot tackle the chronic theft of public money and the international community is losing co...


Hopes pinned on big push

A major Amisom offensive is due soon, which may help where politics cannot, yet there is concern about Ethiopia’s role

Diplomats in transit at Mogadishu airport – nowadays the only place they want to be in the beleaguered city – are desperate for good news for their return journey and f...


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