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Somalia

Somalia

Population: 14.3 mn.
GDP: $6.21 bn.
Debt: $2.64 bn.

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Two cheers for the Juba deal

The Jubaland agreement may have saved Somalia from a descent into disastrous factionalism. It is a glimmer of hope amid plenty of bad news

When the government of Somalia and the Jubaland administration of Ahmed Mohamed Islaan ‘Madobe’ signed an interim agreement on 27 August, the sighs of relief were audib...


Aweys at bay, Madobe on top

President Hassan Sheikh’s government woos Al Shabaab’s Sheikh Aweys but is openly defied by Ahmed Madobe in Kismayo

Whether Sheikh Hassan Dahir ‘Aweys’ last week defected or escaped from Al Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen was still unclear as Africa Confidential went to press but mo...


Madobe consolidates in Kismayo

The fighting for strategic port threatens President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's efforts to build a federal government

After another week of fighting for control of Kismayo port, Ahmed Mohamed Islaan 'Madobe' and his Ras Kamboni militia have strengthened their grip over the region and its trade rou...


Sheikh Hassan Dahir 'Aweys' breaks with Al Shabaab

Amid fresh fighting and political realignments, Aweys has escaped from his former allies in Al Shabaab and may now work with Mogadishu

Sheikh Hassan Dahir 'Aweys', the 78-year-old eminence grise of Somali Islamism, has broken with Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen (Al Shabaab) this week. Although Sheikh Aweys, who ...


Regions test Hassan Sheikh

The President is still finding his feet. Accepting his – or any – government’s authority is a challenge for the many interests at work

On 15 May and by a resounding margin, elders meeting at the Jubaland conference in the southern port of Kismayo elected Ahmed Mohamed Islaam ‘Madobe’ as President of the emerging r...


Hassan Sheikh at the wheel

This year’s conference was more about pledging funds for reconstruction than summoning the world to applaud a stunning success

London’s Somalia Conference arrived with a little less fanfare this year. The press conference was held in a smaller room, the United States Secretary of State and most African hea...


Progress but...

The follow-up to the 2012 London Conference on Somalia should be ‘a substantial conference with substantial outcomes’, said a senior British diplomat of the second London gatheri...


Deferring democracy

Local elections were meant to be a first democratic step but the territory’s leaders fear they could threaten stability

Whether or not Puntland is ‘ready for democracy’, the government has postponed the local elections due on 15 May. There is no clear notion of when, if ever, they will occur. Presid...


Security worsens

The head of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency, General Ahmed Moallim Fiqi, quit on 25 March amid growing fears about security in Mogadishu. The capital suffere...


Regional alliances shifting

New international forces like Qatar and President Hassan’s assertion of his independence are changing the balance of power

For weeks, diplomats in Kenya have fretted about the brewing discord between President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia and Mwai Kibaki of Kenya. They finally met in Nairobi just b...


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