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Vol 63 No 12

Published 9th June 2022


Hassan Sheikh takes Mogadishu by storm

The new president sets a new agenda, with new foreign friends and ideas to tackle the Al Shabaab insurgents – all amid a devastating drought

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's presidency is off to an energetic start with a major reorientation of Somalia's regional alliances, a return to federalist and devolutionary policies, and a purge of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), which was stuffed with supporters of his predecessor, Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed 'Farmajo', and infiltrated by Al Shabaab.

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