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Somali Prime Minister Resigns, Reversing Pledge to Stay

Somalia's prime minister says he is resigning, reversing a pledge he made last week to stay in office after an outpouring of support by Somalis opposed to his departure.Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told reporters Sunday his decision to leave office was made to avert political collapse in his homeland. He said his departure is "in the...

Somali PM Defies Kampala Accord, Refuses to Step-Down

In defying the recently signed "Kampala Accord" and refusing to step down, Somali Prime Minister Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed is riding an unprecedented wave of popular support in the war-torn country. During the past week, thousands of Somalis have taken to the streets around the country, risking arrest by government forces to protest the recently...

Somali Government Future Clouded As Mandate Nears Expiration

With the end of the mandate for the Transitional Federal Government looming, the Somali political structure is in disarray over questions of legitimacy and leadership in the war-torn country. Established in 2004 and backed by the United Nations, the TFG was originally tasked to deliver national elections and a new constitution by August of this...

Siad Barre’s Fall Blamed for Somalia’s Collapse into Civil War

Twenty years ago the overthrow of Somali president Mohamed Siad Barre left the country in chaos.  Since then, Somalis have been through years of civil strife and one of Africa’s longest civil wars. One observer says the country is weak because it is divided into clans. Hussein Warsame, a professor at Calgary University in Canada, says Somalia has...

Future of Somali Government in Doubt as Cabinet Debate Stalls

Procedural bickering has once again thrown the Somali parliament into a deadlock. With less than one year left on its mandate, the approval of the proposed cabinet as well as the future of the transitional government is in doubt. Less than one month after being approved by the Somali Parliament, Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is now...

Somali Parliament Approves New Prime Minister

Somali Parliament Approves New Prime Minister Somalia's parliament has approved the appointment of Mohamed Abdullahii Mohamed as the country's new prime minister. Lawmakers voted by 297 to 92 in favour of the president's nominee, who is a US-educated former diplomat from the Somali diaspora. President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and his speaker of the parliament Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, have been...

Somali Prime Minister Sharmake Resigns, President Sharif Welcomes Move

Somali Prime Minister Sharmake Resigns, President Sharif Welcomes Move The interim Prime Minister of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) has resigned from the post after a months-long feud with President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, Radio Garowe reports. An news conference event was held at Villa Somalia presidential palace and attended by President Sharif, the resigning Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali...

African Union Head Blasts Lack of Somalia Response

African Union head Jean Ping has blasted the international community for neglecting the crisis in Somalia and only seeking to intervene when their interest is threatened by piracy and international terrorism. Jean Ping was speaking in Kampala on the sidelines of the meeting of African Union ministers. The summit of heads of state is expected to...

Observers Commend Somaliland's Elections

A group of international observers says the recent concluded presidential election in Somalia's separatist region of Somaliland was free and fair. The group told reporters in Hargeisa that campaigns and polling were conducted in a peaceful and democratic manner dispute some irregularities such as misuse of public resources during the campaigns. "...

President Sharif to Appoint New PM - Speaker Resigns in Somalia

The speaker of Somalia's parliament Sheikh Adan Mohammed Nur Madobe has resigned from his position, Radio Garowe reports. Madobe said he took the decision to save the fragile government from collapse and also unite the divided parliament, which is in disarray following internal rife between members. "I have decided to relinquish my position as the...

Somalia Government Warns of Major Offensive

Sheikh Abdulkadir Ali Omar, the Somali Minister for Interior Affairs, today said that his government is determined to take over the parts of Mogadishu controlled by rebel groups. He made the statement after his ministry and the Transitional Federal Government's local authority in Mogadishu held a meeting. Minister Omar underlined that plans to...

Security Council Votes to Expand Mandate of Monitoring Group for Somali Sanctions

The Security Council today agreed to extend the United Nations panel of experts monitoring compliance with sanctions related to the conflict in Somalia for another year and to expand its mandate to try to maintain the arms embargo imposed in the region. Council members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution re-establishing the Monitoring Group...

Somali Government Welcomes UN's Decision for Amisom's Presence in Somalia

Somali Government Welcomes UN's Decision for Amisom's Presence in Somalia Sheik Yusuf Mohamed Siad better known as (Inda'adde), the state minister of transitional government for the defense affairs said in an interview with Shabelle radio that the TFG had welcomed the decision of the United Nation's decision for extending the presence of the AU troops in Somalia. The minister said that the officials of the transitional...

Former Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi to Face Charges

Former Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi to Face Charges An official speaking for Somalia's Attorney General Office says a case against former Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi will be the first one, in series that face prominent persons, expected to be presented before the high court in the coming days. Ali Yare says Gedi has committed crimes against the state in his premier tenure and its their...

UN Envoy Visits Somaliland, Election Crisis Unresolved

The United Nations top envoy to Somalia, Mr. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has visited the capital of the breakaway republic of Somaliland, Radio Garowe reports. Somaliland's foreign affairs minister, Mr. Abdullahi Mohamed Du'ale, welcomed the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to Somalia, Mr. Abdallah, on Thursday at Egal International...