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Vol 56 No 4

Published 20th February 2015


Old faces, old problems

The horse-trading which led to a new government leaves many hostages to fortune. We detail the bargaining that led to the latest cabinet

On 9 February, after weeks of bickering among politicians, Somalis were given a new government. In some respects, it's not very different from the old one; some ministers from the much criticised previous regime stay on, often with different portfolios. There are new faces too, many of them members of parliament. What is causing concern is that most of the new ministers got their jobs as repayments of political debts, not because of their competence.

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