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UN says over 2.73m people face food crisis in Somalia

Drought and a rain deficit is pushing more than 2.73 million people in Somalia toward the crisis level of acute food insecurity, UN humanitarians said on Thursday. The annual Gu rains of early spring came late in some parts of the country and were mainly below average, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) said. Subsiding in mid-May, the critical Gu crop planting season was significantly affected. “Approximately 2.73 million to 2.83 million people across Somalia are expected to face crisis … or worse outcomes between April…

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Ex-Ghanaian President withdraws as special AU envoy to Somalia

– – Former Ghanaian President John Mahama has withdrawn his acceptance as a special African Union (AU) envoy to mediate talks over the political crisis in Somalia. In a statement, Mr. Mahama attributed his decision to the lack of support by the Somali federal government. He said the proposed assignment required that he “enjoy the unalloyed support and co-operation of all political stakeholders”. On May 7, the AU appointed Mr Mahama as its special representative to Somalia. But the Somali government formally rejected Mr. Mahama’s appointment, citing his “extensive links” with Kenya,…

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Ghana’s ex-president Mahama named AU Special Envoy to Somalia

– – The African Union (AU) has named Ghana’s former president, John Mahama as its High Representative to Somalia. The former Ghanaian leader has been tasked by the AU to try and resolve the dire political crisis in Somalia. Somalia has witnessed heightened tension in recent weeks after the incumbent president decided to approve an extension to his tenure in office by two years. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s move sparked anger resulting in clashes between his supporters and some of his critics. Soldiers loyal to his government and those opposed…

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Somalia: Fighting erupts after president extends his tenure

– – Fighting broke out on Sunday in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu following the decision by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to extend his stay in power. Soldiers loyal to his government and those opposed to him clashed with residents in the capital saying they heard gunfire across the city. The spark of violence signals the dire political crisis Somalia which could further degenerate. Tension has been growing after the country’s parliament approved a two-year extension of the president’s mandate. The controversial special election bill was overwhelmingly approved by 149 members. –…

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Somalia: Lawmakers vote to extend President’s term by two years

– – Somalia’s Lower House of Parliament has voted to approve a bill to extend President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s term in office by two years. The controversial special election bill was overwhelmingly approved by 149 members. It needs to be approved by the upper chamber before becoming law. Mr Farmajo welcomed the passing of the bill in the lower chamber, adding that after two years the Somali people will finally be able to elect their own president. But opposition candidates and some of the regional state leaders have rejected the…

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At least 20 killed by suicide car bomb in Somalia

– – At least 20 people were killed and 30 wounded by a suicide car bomb just outside a restaurant near the port in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu late on Friday, an emergency services official said. The blast sent plumes of smoke into the sky and triggered gunfire, witnesses and state-owned media reported. “So far we have carried 20 dead people and 30 injured from the blast scene,” Dr. Abdulkadir Aden, founder of AAMIN Ambulance services told Reuters. The blast occurred at the Luul Yemeni restaurant near the port, witnesses said.…

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Militants attack hotel in Somalia killing nine people

– – Militants have attacked a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing nine people including a former military general, Mohamed Nur Galal. Security forces engaged the militants in gun battle before ending the assault early Monday. The militant group, Al-Shabab has said it was behind the attack at the Afrik Hotel. The militants first bombed the hotel with a car bomb. Police spokesperson, Sadik Ali is quoted as telling Reuters that “The operation is over now. Nine people including four attackers died and over 10 civilians were injured.” Somalia’s…

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Somalia cuts diplomatic ties with Kenya as it recalls diplomats

– – The Somali government in Eastern Africa has cut diplomatic ties with neighbouring Kenya. Somalia has subsequently recalled all its diplomats from Nairobi and given Kenyan diplomats in Mogadishu seven days to leave the country. In a televised address on state media Somalia’s Minister of Information Osman Abukar Dubbe said the decision has been taken to protect the country’s sovereignty. “The Somali government, based on its national sovereignty guaranteed by international law and order, and fulfilling its constitutional duty to safeguard the nationhood, unity and stability of the country, has…

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Somalia recalls ambassador to Kenya, expels Kenyan envoy

– – The Somalia government has recalled its ambassador to Kenya, Mohamud Ahmed Nur Tarzan over alleged political interference. Somalia has also asked the Kenyan ambassador to Somalia, Lucas Tumbo, to leave the country “for consultations”. In a statement, Somalia accused Kenya of pressuring Jubbaland federal state to reject an electoral agreement reached for elections scheduled for next month. “The government took this decision while preserving its national sovereignty after it appeared that Kenya was deliberately interfering in the affairs of Somalia, particularly Jubbaland,” Mohamed Ali Nur, permanent secretary of the…

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US imposes sanctions on al-Shabab over military base attack

– – The United States has imposed sanctions on two senior leaders of Islamist militant group al-Shabab responsible for an attack on a military base in Kenya. In January one US military service member and two contractors were killed when the militants attacked Camp Simba on Manda Island. The attack was the first attack launched by al-Shabab on US forces in Kenya. In a statement the US State Department said it had designated Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and Maalim Ayman as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. “The Department of State has designated Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and…

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