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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A resurgence of COVID-19 cases is hitting Somalia hard, straining one of the world’s most fragile health systems, while officials await test results to show whether a more infectious variant of the coronavirus is spreading.

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Somalia is in a political crisis. For the first time in the country’s recent history, the four-year mandate of Parliament and the executive has expired without the selection – or election – of a new administration, or an alternative political agreement among stakeholders.

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Mogadishu/New York, 22 February 2021 – The political stresses currently gripping Somalia and the need for dialogue and compromise to resolve them featured strongly in the briefing today of the United Nations envoy to the country at a meeting of the world body’s Security Council.

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Turkey is concerned about the recent negative developments arising from the dispute over the election process in Somalia, Foreign Ministry said Sunday. “It is important that all parties act with common sense by avoiding steps that may lead to violence, and that the Federal Government and Federal Member States’ Leaders come together and try to… The post Turkey concerned by political developments in Somalia: ministry appeared first on Horseed Media • Somali News.

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GAROWE, Somalia (Reuters) – Somalia’s president, whose four-year term expired this month, should not take part in talks aimed at resolving a dispute that has caused a delay in choosing a new head of state, two of Somalia’s five regional governments said on Sunday.

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Two days after violence related to Somalia’s delayed elections, the country’s foreign ministry has accused “external forces” for contributing to the problems. At least five soldiers were killed and more than a dozen people, mostly civilians were wounded on Friday in violent protests over the country’s delayed election.

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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Security forces in Somalia’s capital fired on hundreds of people protesting the delay of the country’s election on Friday as at least one explosion was reported at the international airport and armored personnel carriers blocked major streets.

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At least three people were killed and eight others wounded after a car bomb detonated near a security checkpoint along a key road in Mogadishu Saturday, security official and witnesses said. “The police were chasing the hostile vehicle after spotting it a few kilometers away from where it exploded.

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The Somali government said Thursday it wants its case with Kenya on the maritime delimitation within the Indian Ocean to proceed without further delay. Osman Dubbe, the information minister said Mogadishu has petitioned the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to reject Kenya’s request for the postponement of the case for the fourth time.

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Somalia’s sale of offshore oil blocks has hit a rock following the dismissal of the chief executive of the petroleum authority amid claims of political interference only six months into his tenure.

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February 8 polls delayed as president and powerful regional leaders squabble over the voting process. As the clock ticked towards 12am on Monday, young men counted the seconds to midnight before firing a hail of bullets into the calm dark skies over the Somali capital to celebrate the end of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s term… The post What is delaying Somalia’s elections? appeared first on Horseed Media • Somali News.

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Twelve security agents were killed on Sunday by a roadside bomb planted outside a Somali town where political leaders had been meeting to try to resolve a row over a presidential selection process due to be held on Monday.

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The new president has reversed a range of other Trump policies by executive order, including ending a visa ban on a group of predominately Muslim countries including Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen that Trump said was about national security.

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US Africa Command forces completed the first engagement into Somalia since the repositioning of US forces under Joint Task Force – Quartz, on 30 January. “Our first engagement back into Somalia so quickly after the repositioning shows we remain committed to our Somali and regional partners and support their fight against violent extremism,” said US… The post Africom forces conduct first engagements in Somalia since repositioning appeared first on Horseed Media • Somali News.

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The EU on Tuesday launched three new projects worth €11.8 million ($14.3 million) to support the private sector in Somalia. The projects will significantly step up the EU’s engagement in Somalia as the new partnership will enable financial institutions to successfully provide relevant financing to local small- and medium-sized enterprises while supporting the investment climate,… The post EU launches over $14M new projects in Somalia appeared first on Horseed Media • Somali News.

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Militants in Somalia have launched a barrage of mortar attacks in the town of Dhusamareb, where President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Galmudug regional officials have been locked in talks to resolve an electoral dispute, domestic media outlets said on Tuesday.

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