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Vol 55 No 9

Published 1st May 2014


Regime's grip weakens

Hassan Sheikh’s government can’t plug the leaks in public finances while Al Shabaab attacks increase in the capital. It’s a dangerous combination

Somalia is beleaguered on all fronts: terrorist attacks are on the rise, the government cannot tackle the chronic theft of public money and the international community is losing confidence in President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. Conditions are also deteriorating for the public: reports are coming in of people dying of thirst and the United Nations’ humanitarian appeal had reached only 3% of the required US$933 million by 20 March. There are signs that the government’s authority is slipping and that clan competition to grab power is overpowering efforts to build viable state institutions.

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