Somalia has been in a state of civil war and anarchy since 1991, when the central government of Mohammed Siad Barre was overthrown. Various clan-based armed groups took control of parts of Somalia, while its northern part, Somaliland, declared independence.
In second half of the 2000s, the international recognized Transitional Federal Government managed to control most of the territory, with the help of Ethiopia. In 2012, a federal Constitution was adopted followed by the formation of the Federal Government of Somalia. The government’s mandate is slated to end in 2015 with the adoption of a new constitution and elections.
President Hassan Sheik Mohamud is the incumbent.
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(Mohamed Farah Abdi) Somalia’s government is reportedly planning to file a legal case against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for setting up a military base in the unrecognized breakaway republic of Somaliland. Press TV reported that: the Somali [...]
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a former Somali prime minister and dual Somalia-U.S. citizen, was elected president of Somalia after two rounds of voting by the country’s newly selected parliament. The departing president, Hassan Sheikh [...]
Unlike in the past, Egyptian hidden agenda to keep the horn of Africa in crisis came to be challenged by Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, the Sudan and Ethiopia. These countries assured that they will not die for the greedy cause of Egypt in this [...]
(Press release – AMISOM) Mogadishu, 19 July 2016 – The new Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia Lt. General Osman Noor Soubagleh has formally assumed office. Lt. General Soubagleh who replaces Lt. General Jonathan Rono [...]
Ethiopian government claimed to have killed and captured fighters including the logistics head of Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). An ONLF unit crossing into the country through the southeastern border with Somalia was captured on Monday [...]
Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame announced his candidacy for Somali president in the 2016 election. The announcement was made at Hotel Jazeera Palace, attended by politicians, intellectuals, members of federal parliament, and leaders of other political [...]
Seasoned Somali politicians launched a new party ahead of the parliamentary election to held in 2016. The new party, named, Wadajir Party was launched on June 9, 2016 in Mogadishu. The ceremony, which took place in Hotel SYL was attended by [...]
Ethiopia lost 9 soldiers, while Al-Shabaab lost 248 militants in the fighting on Thursday morning, HornAffairs learned. Earlier today, HornAffairs reported in a breaking news that Al-Shabaab lost 122 fighters and more than 400 militants were [...]
Al-Shabaab lost several dozens fighters after a foiled attack on an Ethiopian outpost of the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia. The group attacked a military outpost in Halgan (Habden) town of central Somalia, around 300 km of capital [...]
Wondimu Asamnew is an Ethiopian Ambassador to Somalia. He has been actively working to execute the heavy-handed missions of Ethiopia in promoting and strengthening the relations of the two neighboring countries. Journalist Zeray Hailemariam Abebe [...]
(Lizzie Dearden – The Independent) A new terrorist group has pledged allegiance to Isis as it continues to expand its presence in East Africa. A group calling itself “Jahba East Africa” announced its alliance on Thursday, hailing a [...]
United States’ Department of Defence disclosed on Monday an airstrike on Al Shabaab targets in Somalia. In a statement, the department said: On Saturday, March 5, the U.S. military, in self-defense and in defense of our African Union Mission [...]
(Kaleyesus Bekele – Ethiopian Reporter) The United States Air Force (USAF) has shut down its drone base in Arba Minch town of the Southern Regional State that it has been using to fight the Islamist militant group based in Somalia, Al-Shabaab, [...]
(Mary Harper – BBC) “We decided to open the railway early because of the drought, the worst in decades,” says Getachew Betru, chief executive of the Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC). It is a Saturday, but this thoughtful, [...]
Kenyan civil and military officials are highly involved in a sugar smuggling network, according to a study report by a Kenya based organization. The trade is worth between $200 million and $400 million, according to the report by Journalists For [...]