IMF extends Somalia funding to August following election | Business and Economy News

The IMF accepted the Somali government’s request for a three-month extension to examine and endorse planned reforms. The International Monetary Fund has agreed to extend the duration of a crucial aid package to Somalia, following a long-overdue presidential election last weekend. The three-year $400m aid package from the IMF had been set to automatically expire … Read more

Hassan Mohamud: The second coming of Somalia’s new president | Government

This Sunday, Hassan Shekh Mohamud made history as the first person to be elected president twice in Somalia’s nascent democracy after a landslide victory against the incumbent Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, aka Farmaajo. In a contest of more than 36 candidates, both men made it to the third round of what was arguably the most competitive … Read more

Biden set to redeploy U.S. troops to Somalia, reversing Trump withdrawal

US army soldiers stand at an observation point during the “African Lion” military exercise in the Tan-Tan region in southwestern Morocco on June 18, 2021. Fadel Senna | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has approved a plan to redeploy US troops to Somalia, a reversal of former President Donald Trump’s order … Read more

Somalia elects Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as new president | News

Sheikh Mohamud elected president for the second time defeating incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed in a final round. Somali members of parliament have elected former leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country’s next president following a long-overdue election on Sunday in the troubled Horn of Africa nation. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who served as Somalia’s president … Read more

Legislators in Somalia gather to elect new president | Elections News

Former Presidents Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud are the frontrunners among 35 candidates. Somali parliamentarians met in a heavily fortified airport hangar on Sunday to vote for a new president as the country battles ongoing threats of violence and a major food crisis. In a crowded field of 35 aspirants, former Presidents Sharif … Read more

Somalia set to hold overdue presidential election | Elections News

Citing security reasons, police in Somalia announce a curfew in Mogadishu ahead of the long-delayed election. Somalia is set to hold its long-delayed presidential vote this weekend, ending the convoluted electoral process that raised tensions in the country when the president’s term expired last year without a successor in place. Authorities have registered 39 presidential … Read more

Q&A: An ambitious attempt to be Somalia’s first female president | Elections News

This Sunday, Soia is expected to hold its highly anticipated and long-delayed presidential candidates for the 39th presidential election for the country’s top position. Some of the contenders include the incumbent, two former presidents, the immediate former prime minister and the president of the regional state of Puntland, joined the race. Also in the race … Read more

Somalia: Parliament elects new speaker after security standoff | Elections News

A power struggle between the prime Minister and president has contributed to the delayed election process in Somalia. Somali lawmakers have elected a new parliamentary speaker after the tense standoff between African Union peacekeepers and police, underscoring bitter divisions within the country’s security forces exacerbated by delayed elections. On Wednesday, police loyal to President Mohamed … Read more

Somalia PM asks peacekeepers to secure parliamentary speaker vote | Elections News

Violence by armed groups and a power struggle between the president and prime minister have delayed elections in Somalia Somalia’s prime has asked African Union Soldiers to take over the protection of legislators as they pick new leadership, after warning police and intelligence officials not to interfere in the overdue elections. Somalia’s long-delayed election process … Read more

Six killed in explosion at restaurant in Mogadishu | News

Somalia’s police chief and legislators were in restaurant at time of attack, but were unharmed. Six people were killed in an explosion at a beachside restaurant in Mogadishu, which was hosting Somalia’s police chief and legislators at the time. The government officials were unharmed in the blast on Friday, which sparked a fire inside the … Read more