Following a tumultuous week, the two chambers of the 11th Somali parliament, whose members were sworn in on April 14, finally elected their speakers and deputy speakers. The process is nonetheless marred by endless controversy. On the eve of the April 26 election, a controversy erupted after the House of the People interim speaker Abdisalam […]
Elections Feb 8 The National Consultative Council had a teleconference chaired by PM Roble. The meeting focused on how to expedite the elections, as the February 25 deadline is fast approaching with over 100 MPs still to be elected. NCC members also discussed the latest security situation in the country, with each participant reporting on […]
Foreign Relations Feb 1 A Togo-flagged boat MV Fox, loaded with illegal charcoal at the Kismayo Port, Jubaland, under AMISOM’s Kenyan contingent supervision, is now anchored in Salalah, Oman. The ship run by a UAE-owned Company, Oscar Middle East Ship Management LLC, suffered a water leak and crew abandoned ship. The Somali government requested Oman […]
Elections Jan 25 Finance Minister Dr. Abdirahman Beileh lost his seat to Dr. Abdillahi Hashi Abib. In an interview few hours before the polls, he hinted Prime Minister Roble is standing in the way of his re-election due to his refusal to circumvent contract award rules and the 2022 budget approval process. Besides Dr. Abib, […]
Federal Elections Jan 16 Only one and two days after the date when the new electoral calendar comes into effect, January 15, almost all regional states have published a partial list of candidates for parliamentary elections. For the first time, the foot-dragging Puntland and Jubaland issued the schedule of their partial lists. Everything is being […]
Elections 2021 Jan 15 The Federal Election Implementation Team (FEIT) elected Mr. Muse Gelle Yusuf as its new Chairman following a secret ballot eclipsed by political pressure and vote buying. Gelle, the former Puntland’s Bari region governor, was supported by Said Abdullahi Deni and Prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble. He is expected to sway FEIT decisions […]
This week, Somalia has experienced a new round of violence perpetrated by its worst enemies: Al-Shabab and Kenya. As Al-Shabab is dismembered and losing ground, Kenyan troops is vying to replace them. On June 3, Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) planes raided the towns of El-Adde and Hisa-u-gur in the Gedo region. The airstrike killed a […]
Many Somalis are shocked at the absurdity of giving too much credit to politicians such as Deni or Madobe who crack down on political opponents and restrict public freedoms in their own region to block federal elections because they want to be consulted on matters that are within federal jurisdiction.
On Monday, Minister of Health, Dr. Fawsiya Abikar Nur, accompanied by the United Nations Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. James Swan, received the delivery of 30,000 doses at the Aden-Ade airport in Mogadishu. Somalia received the first shipment of 1.2 million doses facilitated through the World Health Organization’s COVAX initiative. The AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, produced […]
This past week, we have seen certain stability and a tacit acceptance of the current elections deadlock. The opposition are escalating their antagonizing rhetoric and disruptions, stalling the elections and calling foreign meddling in Somalia’s affairs. On the other hand, the government keeps working for the benefit of the country. For the past few weeks, […]
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