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Somaliland Postpones Election Again, No New Date

Authorities in Somalia's breakaway republic of Somaliland have declared that presidential elections scheduled for late September have been postponed again, a day after lawmakers accused government leaders of corruption, Radio Garowe reports. Somaliland's election commission announced during a Sunday press conference in Hargeisa that the September...

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Meet Transitional Govt President of Somalia

The American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is to meet Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, the president of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG), during her visit to East Africa next week, according to the U.S. State Department. Asked about the visit at the department's daily briefing in Washington on Tuesday, spokesman Ian Kelly said Clinton...

Parliament Asks Foreign Troops to Somalia Come Within 24 Hours

The transitional parliament speaker Sheik Aden Mohamed Nor, better known as Madobe, Saturday held a press conference in Mogadishu and asked the international community to send foreign troops to Somalia within the following 24 hours. The speaker of the parliament talked on other matters in his press conference in the capital, and demanded foreign...

African Union Calls for Sanctions on Eritrea in Somalia

The African Union (AU) has appealed to the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on Eritrea and other parties backing the insurgents fighting to overthrow Somalia's transitional federal government. The AU's Peace and Security Council said after a meeting in Addis Ababa Friday that it was asking the Security Council to enforce a no-...

Somalia's Pm Says Islamic Courts Union Forces and the Government Soldiers will be Joined Together

Somalia's Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake said Saturday that the Islamic Courts Union forces and the government soldiers will be joined together. The prime minister held a press conference in the presidential palace and said that the government will give training to the joint forces to maintain their work for the nation. Prime Minister...

New Somalia President to Rule Country Using Islamic Law

Somalia's new leader has said that he will rule the country using Islamic law, Radio Garowe reports. Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, the Horn of Africa country's new president, told a Saturday press conference at the presidential palace Villa Somalia in Mogadishu that recent attacks against African Union peacekeepers (AMISOM) has brought much suffering to...

Somalia's Prime Minister Promises Reconciliation

Somalia's Prime Minister, Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke, has pledged Sunday peace and reconciliation, after being sworn as Somali premier. Speaking to BBC Network Africa, the prime minister said he would rebuild the nation and bring home back the Somali refugees in abroad and the displaced people outside the capital Mogadishu. The Somali parliament...

Somali Parliament Approves Mr. Omar Abdirashi Ali Sharmake As New Prime Minister

Somali lawmakers meeting in the Republic of Djibouti overwhelmingly approved the country's newest Prime Minister, Mr. Omar Abdirashi Ali Sharmake, Radio Garowe reports. Some 421 MPs were present at the meeting Saturday, where Prime Minister Sharmake received the endorsement of 414 MPs, was rejected by 9 MPs and two lawmakers abstained from the...

Opposition Leader Sheik Sharif Ahmed Leading The Election

The chairman of the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia Sheik Sharif Ahmed is leading the Somali presidential election which is underway in neighbouring Djibouti. He has 215 votes out of 420, the second is Maslah Mohamed Siad, the son of the late Somali president Mohamed Siad Barre who has 60, Nor Hassan Hussein the current prime minister...

The Fall of Baidoa Puts Pressure On Transitional Federal Government

The fall of Baidoa in south-western Somalia to Al-Shabab, hours after Ethiopian troops left, raises fresh questions about the viability of the Somali government, a civil society analyst said. Baidoa, seat of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), fell to the Islamist group on 26 January. A number of people were killed and injured and families...

Somaliland Election Heats Up Ahead of March Vote

Elections in Somalia's separatist republic of Somaliland are heating up ahead of the March 29 vote, when the breakaway region's next president will be elected, Radio Garowe reports. Somaliland President Dahir Riyale was recently accused by fellow members of the ruling UDUB party of "illegally" naming a committee to organize the party's...

Prime Minister, Speaker Welcome Somali President Yusuf's Resignation

Somalia's interim Prime Minister, Nur "Adde" Hassan Hussein, and the parliament Speaker Adan "Madobe" Mohamed have welcomed President Abdullahi Yusuf's resignation, Radio Garowe reports. Prime Minister Nur Adde told a Monday press conference at his residence in the capital, Mogadishu, that Yusuf's resignation was a "...

Fresh Turmoil, Uncertainty As Somali President Resigns

Fresh turmoil and uncertainty loom for the people of Somalia - already ravaged by displacement, conflict, drought and hyper-inflation - after the country's interim president resigned on 29 December. Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed resigned after disagreements with parliament and his prime minister, as well as pressure from the international community....

U.S. Moves For a new peacekeeping mission in Somalia is both ill-advised and counterproductive

The last-minute attempt by the Bush administration to force through a United Nations Security Council resolution authorizing a new peacekeeping mission in Somalia is both ill-advised and counterproductive.During two meetings on Somalia last week in New York — one of the Security Council and one of the International Contact Group on Somalia...

Islamists Warn WFP, Seize Aid Trucks In Somalia

Islamist militia in control of Somalia's southern port of Kismayo seized aid trucks and warned the UN's World Food Program (WFP) about future aid deliveries, Radio Garowe reported Wednesday. Witnesses and officials said seven aid trucks were seized near Kismayo, the country's third-largest city that has been under the control of the Islamist Al...