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Vol 50 No 4

Published 20th February 2009


Somalia

The Sheik Sharif show

Goodwill accompanies the new President but few people look at the small print

The outsiders who drive Somalia's uncertain peace process do not always see things as Somalis see them. This became apparent with the election on 31 January of Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed as the new President of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG, AC Vol 50 No 1). Ethiopian troops were still pulling out of Somalia when the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP) endorsed a peace agreement, signed in Djibouti on 25 November. This allocates 200 members of parliament to Sheikh Sharif's faction of the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS-Djibouti) and 75 more to 'civil society' representatives and others.

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