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Vol 59 No 1

Published 12th January 2018


Somalia

Cracks in the federal system

Farmajo is swamped by an ocean of political problems, and victory over Al Shabaab will be no closer this year

No one could have predicted that Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed 'Farmajo' would have lost so much popularity, and become so dictatorial less than a year after becoming president. He is mired in a crisis of legitimacy while the plans for a Somali National Army to assume more of the security burden are bogged down. The main problems Farmajo faces are largely of his own making, however, and they will generate new tensions in 2018 and increase the risk of a major political clash within the federal system built up under his predecessor, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and on which so much has been staked.

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