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Somalia

Mohamed Siad Barre

Date of Birth: c. 1919
Place of Birth: Ganane
Died: 2 January 1995


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Roadblock

The AU plan to send Sudanese and Ugandans as the forerunners of a 10 000-strong force came to nothing partly because the United Nations Security Council in July refused to relax the arms embargo it had imposed on Somalia in 1992 when fighting followed theprevious year's fall of President Mohamed Siad Barre...


Islamists at work

Formed in the late 1980s when the late President Mohamed Siad Barre's regime was collapsing (and the National Islamic Front seized power in Sudan) Al Itihaad joined three extremist strands: graduates of Medina University Saudi Arabia; ex-mujahideen from Afghanistan; and Somali groups like Al Jama al Islamia...


The clans line up

Industry Minister Abdi Mohamed Tarah (Darod/Absame/Ogaden) is the principal Darod in parliament; he was accused of embezzlement when in President Mohamed Siad Barre's reign he was in charge of refugees from the Ogaden...

Few senior Marehan support Abdullahi and many still blame him and his Majertein for the 1991 overthrow of Siad Barre...


Arta I, Arta II

The effects of this policy may well be the failure of the peace settlement and a return to armed conflict; it also allows a fragile unity to develop among the anti-Ethiopian factions and undermines pro-Ethiopians such as Abdullahi Yussef Abdullahi Addow (a former Finance Minister and Ambassador to Washington under the late President Mohamed Siad Barre) and even Farah Weheliye Addo `Sindiko' once Mogadishu Mayor (`Sindaco' in Italian)...

This encourages Hargeisa politicians to make inflammatory speeches about independence and to emphasise past massacres `by southerners' rather than by Siad Barre's government (in which Abdullahi Yussef was a security officer till 1991)...


Count and discount

This saw Dahir Riyal Kahin one of the late dictator Mohamed Siad Barre's political police chiefs win by a margin that would have been familiar to his old boss...


Unconstructive engagement

Danforth's deputy Robert Oakley served in President Mohamed Siad Barre's Somalia President Mobutu Sese Seko's Zaïre Pakistan and Vietnam; some in DC think him too ready to speak his mind others think him too Arabist...


It's better abroad

In 1991 Moi backed President Mohamed Siad Barre and the militia of his son in law Gen...


Transition to where?

Part of the price will be recognition that the warlords have just as much of a role to play in the TNG as Siad Barre's old ministers exploding the UN myth that the TNG would provide a new approach to Somali politics...


Time to talk

Yet he has welcomed equally unaccountable ex-ministers of President Mohamed Siad Barre's regime long exiled intellectuals and businessmen and traditional elders many of his own choice...


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