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Vol 60 No 2

Published 25th January 2019


Mogadishu lashes out

Hidden frustrations broke surface when Farmajo expelled the UN envoy, underlining major differences with the international community on the way forward

The expulsion of Nicholas Haysom, the UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Somalia, has opened a rift with the powers backing the federal government and financing the military effort to defeat the Al Shabaab insurgency. Many are scaling back their support. President Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed 'Farmajo''s administration declared Haysom persona non grata on 1 January after he asked for an explanation for the arrest and detention of Mukhtar Robow Ali 'Abu Mansur', a former Al Shabaab commander, by Ethiopian troops five days before he was due to stand in the presidential election in South West State, one of Somalia's devolved federal member states.

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