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Somalia parliament picks new speaker

Somalia parliament picks new speaker

FEISAL OMAR SOMALIA'S lawmakers elected a new parliamentary speaker following a tense standoff between African Union peacekeepers and police, underscoring bitter divisions within Somalia's security forces exacerbated by delayed elections. On Wednesday, police loyal to President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, usually known by his nickname Farmaajo, turned away lawmakers attempting to enter the airport hangar where the vote was taking place, telling them it had been postponed. Meanwhile Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, who has been locked in a power struggle with Mohamed for many months, had instructed peacekeepers to secure the venue to allow parliamentarians access, leading to confrontations at…
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Somalia parliament’s U-turn

Somalia parliament’s U-turn

SOMALIA’S lower house of parliament voted unanimously on Saturday to cancel a two-year presidential term extension it approved last month after clashes in the capital Mogadishu and between factions of the security forces divided over the issue. The crisis has raised fears that al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgents could exploit a security vacuum if state forces split along clan lines and turn on each other. The group has taken over at least one Somali town in the past week as heavily armed fighters moved from the countryside into the capital city. Mohamed's attempt to extend his term has also angered…
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Young, female and fighting corruption in Somalia

Young, female and fighting corruption in Somalia

ABDI SHEIKH MINA Mohamed Abdi was just 24 when she first stood for Somalia's parliament in 2012, defeating two other candidates to win a seat reserved for women and defying elders from her Hawiye clan, some of whom denounced her as immodest. "I was asked 'you want to be a prostitute? How can a woman represent a clan?'" she told Reuters. "I insisted and said a clan is not composed only of men." Four years later, she won an open seat in Hiran, a region north of the capital Mogadishu. Now 32, and having carved herself a reputation as one…
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