Next Up in Somalia’s Fragile Transition: Bridge Political Divides

Ugandan tanks of the African Union Mission in Somalia participate in a joint offensive with the Somali National Army on the outskirts of Afgooye, west of Mogadishu, May 24, 2012 (U.N. photo by Stuart Price).
Ugandan tanks of the African Union Mission in Somalia participate in a joint offensive with the Somali National Army on the outskirts of Afgooye, west of Mogadishu, May 24, 2012 (U.N. photo by Stuart Price).
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On Feb. 9, Somalia’s parliament finally endorsed a Cabinet, 66 members strong, after Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke had failed in two previous attempts in January 2015 to present a list that could appease all of the country’s fractious clan leaders and political players. Sharmarke is President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s third premier since taking office in September 2012—a product of consistent bickering between Somalia’s top leaders over their respective powers and responsibilities. With only two years left in the government’s mandate, expectations are high that it can work with all stakeholders in Somalia and complete an ambitious post-conflict transition […]

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