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Somalia’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, prepares to cut the ribbon for the reopening of a stadium Somalia’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, center, prepares to cut the ribbon for the reopening of a stadium in Mogadishu, Somalia, June 30, 2020 (AP photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh).

Are Somalia’s Elections in Jeopardy After Parliament Ousted the Prime Minister?

Friday, July 31, 2020

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent.

Somalia’s Parliament voted overwhelmingly to remove Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in a no-confidence vote last Saturday, citing his failure to prepare the country for democratic elections by early next year. The surprise move, which was supported by 170 of Parliament’s 178 lawmakers, follows Khaire’s dispute with President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed over the timing of national elections. Though preparations have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing insecurity in Somalia, Khaire was pushing for the vote to take place by early 2021 as scheduled. The president, known as Farmajo, favored a delay. ...

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