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Vol 48 No 6

Published 16th March 2007


Somalia

Which clan is in charge now?

The two most powerful clans in southern Somalia are the Habr Gidir/Hawiye and the Darod (each with its own sub-clans). Habr Gidir elders and sheikhs led the Islamic Courts Union (ICU); Habr Gidir elders now widely feel - and resent - that the President of the Transitional Federal Government, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed (Majerteen/Darod) is appointing too many of his fellow Darod to senior positions in the government, police and army.

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