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Vol 46 No 13

Published 24th June 2005


Somalia

The clans line up

The idea of the Transitional Federal Government was to share senior appointments proportionally: four for the big clans (Darod, Rahenweyn, Dir, Hawiye) and one-half for others, such as Gibil Ad or Bantus. It doesn't. Most TFG members were in the Somali Reconciliation and Restoration Council (SRRC), which Ethiopia set up in March 2001. Addis Ababa wanted a prime minister from a strong clan it could influence and didn't allow President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed (Darod/Majertein/Omar Mahmud), his own choice. He got Ali Mohamed Gedi (Hawiye/Abgal/Harti/Warsengeli).

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