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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.

Read the posts related to Somalia below

US and Ethiopia train AMISOM soldiers

Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:22 pm

(Vanguardngr) The U.S. and Ethiopia Military on Monday began training soldiers from the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) aimed at countering the threat from the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab. The Justified Accord Exercise 2017, the [...]

Somalia: Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmaajo” elected president

Thursday, February 9, 2017 @ 12:11 am

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 [...]

Egypt’s destructive policy: The response of the Horn of Africa

Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 5:13 am

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 [...]

Djiboutian General Soubagleh appointed as Commander of AMISOM

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 7:18 pm

(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 [...]

Ethiopia: Senior ONLF militant and 6 others killed, captured

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 @ 11:49 pm

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 announces candidacy for Somalia President

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 @ 3:09 pm

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 [...]

Somalia| Key politicians form Wadajir Party ahead of election

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 @ 2:14 pm

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 [...]

“Jabha East Africa” pledges allegiance to Islamic State

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 @ 1:28 am

(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 [...]

US airstrike killed about 150 Al-Shabaab fighters

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 @ 4:19 am

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 [...]

US shuts down its drone base in Arba Minch, Ethiopia

Saturday, January 2, 2016 @ 11:14 pm

(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, [...]

Can Ethiopia’s railway bring peace to Somalia?

Monday, November 23, 2015 @ 9:24 pm

(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, [...]
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