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Somali President Fires Prime Minister

Somalia's president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed sacked his premier on Sunday after he accused his cabinet of failure. The president has told to the reporters in a press conference that Nur Adde's government has collapsed legally. "I have dismissed Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein and I will nominate a new one within three days," Yusuf told...

Nearly half of the Horn of Africa nation's population requires assistance, says UN Relief Official

The humanitarian crisis in Somalia has deteriorated to a point where nearly half of the Horn of Africa nation's population requires assistance, a senior United Nations aid official warned today, calling on donors to urgently fund an appeal for more than $900 million for relief operations. "What we are looking at today is a situation in which...

Fierce Fighting Erupts in Mogadishu, Somalia

  Fierce fighting erupted on Friday in Mogadishu between the forces of the Transitional Federal Government and the Islamist groups vehemently opposing it. The clashes were provoked by opposition attacks against the positions of the forces of Ethiopia and the African Union peacekeepers, Amisom, at Taleh and Maka-al-Mukarrama Avenue in Southern...

Somali leaders reject parliament decision

Somalia: Somalia's interim President Abdullahi Yusuf has called a recent parliamentary vote "illegal" after lawmakers rejected the return of pro-Yusuf Cabinet ministers who resigned in July, Radio Garowe reported Monday. President Yusuf held a press conference at the Villa Somalia presidential palace in Mogadishu yesterday, saying he has...

Somali rebels threaten to shut down Mogadishu airport

Somalia: Somali Islamists have threatened to stop planes using Mogadishu's main airport as part of an escalating insurgency rocking the Horn of Africa nation. The hardline Islamist group Al Shabaab, which is fighting the Somali government and its Ethiopian military backers, said it would stop planes from landing after midnight on Tuesday. "We...

Somali lawmakers reject proposal of cabinet ministers return

Somalia: Legislators in Somalia's federal parliament rejected a proposal to return 10 Cabinet ministers who resigned in July after a fued erupted between interim President Abdullahi Yusuf and Prime Minister Nur "Adde" Hassan Hussein, Radio Garowe reported Friday. On Thursday, a meeting was held at parliament hall in Baidoa, which was...

Somali lawmaker gunned down

Somalia: An unindentified gunman killed an outspoken Somali lawmaker in the provincial town of Baidoa, the latest in a series of attacks in the lawless African nation on Tuesday, a witness and colleague said. Mohamed Osman Maye died on the spot outside a mosque in Baidoa, site of the country's transitional parliament, about 250 kilometres (155...

Somalia's ex-mayor to take part in regional elections

Somalia: The former mayor of Somalia's national capital, Mr. Mohamed "Dheere" Omar, has said that he will compete at upcoming regional elections. Speaking at a press conference from his Mogadishu home, Mohamed Dheere told reporters that he "happily" transferred authority over to the caretaker mayor, who was appointed earlier...

Somali president approves sacking of Mogadishu mayor

Somalia: Somali President Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed Tuesday formally endorsed the recent controversial sacking of the mayor of Mogadishu and Governor of Banadir region, Mohamed Omar Habeeb, by Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein. "The President decided, starting from September 9, 2008, to relieve the entire leadership of Banadir region of their...

Islamits name new administration for Somali port town

Somalia: The Islamists who have recently taken control of southern strategic seaport town of Kismayu have announced district level administration on Saturday.    After long discussion between the Islamic forces they have ultimately agreed upon an Islamic law administration to be established in Kismayu town the headquarters of the...

Somali insurgents show vigorous returns

Somalia: Opposition fighters in Somalia appear to have made a major comeback after being ousted by Somali government troops backed up by Ethiopian forces last year. The fighters and remnants of the Islamic Courts Union first took the key port city of Kismayo and now they say they are making headway across southern Somalia, slowly wresting back...

Somali PM gets lawmakers backing, surives office

Somalia: Somalia's Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein survived a no-confidence vote on Monday after he received a majority backing from lawmakers. Only seven of the 200 MPs present in parliament voted to oust Hussein, who had been accused by some lawmakers of embezzling state funds, parliament speaker Aden Mohamed Nur announced. Two members...

Ethiopia plans to withdrawal from Somalia

Washington, DC: Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi last week said his country is prepared to withdraw troops from Somalia. In 2006 Ethiopia invaded Somalia to oust an Islamist militia and re-install the transitional government. The withdrawal of Ethiopian troops has been a key demand of the Islamist insurgents.     ...

UN envoy hails Somali peace deal

Somalia: The United Nations is calling a Somali peace deal a good step toward stabilizing the fragile security situation in the country. The United Nations top envoy for Somalia on Friday welcomed Monday's signing of a peace agreement between the country's transitional government leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Top leaders of Somalia recently...

Somali alliance leader optimistic about peace process

Somalia: The chairman of the Somali re-liberation alliance Sheikh Shariff Sheikh Ahmed has urged the Somali people whether in the country or in overseas to support in one voice the peace treaty signed in the immediate neighboring country Djbouti the twin brother of Somalia.    Sheikh Shariff was very much optimistic that with the...