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Vol 59 No 10

Published 18th May 2018


Somalia

Proxies, powers, and presidents

Qatar and the UAE, along with a host of bit players, fought their latest battle in Somalia over whose man got to be the new Speaker of Parliament

Months of vicious intrigue centring on the rivalry between the United Arab Emirates and its declared enemy, Qatar, ended on 30 April when Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman became the new Speaker of the Mogadishu parliament. Money flowed like water as the two sides locked horns.

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