Can Somalia’s New President Fix Its Myriad Problems?

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed celebrates winning the election, Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 8, 2017 (AP photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh).
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed celebrates winning the election, Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 8, 2017 (AP photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh).
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Earlier this month, Somalia’s parliament selected Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a former prime minister, to be the country’s new president. Mohamed, known by his nickname, “Farmajo,” is popular among the army and is well-liked by the general public for his efforts to tackle corruption during his time as prime minister. In an email interview, Ken Menkhaus, a professor at Davidson College, discusses politics in Somalia. WPR: How much support does President Mohamed have in parliament, as well as among local Somalian powerbrokers and the general population? Ken Menkhaus: We know Farmajo has support in parliament because it was the members of […]

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