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Somalia leaders in blame game after talks collapse

By Abdulkadir Khalif Somalia’s top leaders are trading blame after the collapse of the much-anticipated talks meant to provide certainty on elections. The blame game ensued on Wednesday evening, dampening optimism that had been expressed earlier in the week, going into talks. Information Minister Osman Dubbe admitted there had been no …

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Somalia: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the current political situation

Somalia’s leaders need to find a compromise leading to an immediate electoral process and a peaceful transfer of power, through the implementation of the September 17 agreement. The current lack of agreement seriously delays the pace of urgently needed reforms, for the detriment of Somalia’s citizens. When individual priorities prevail …

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75,000 Ethiopians fled to Sudan in 5 months

Ethiopian refugees continue to flee to Sudan as the conflict in the northernmost region of Tigray continues to escalate. Sudan’s official SUNA news agency reported that the influx had continued “despite the tightened closure of crossing points on borders between the two countries.” According to an official report by the …

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Dead End: What Kenya’s Withdrawal from the Maritime Case with Somalia Means

By Joel O. Otieno Kenya has withdrawn from the maritime border case with Somalia before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), whose official public hearing began at the Court on March 15, 2021. The withdrawal has been informed by what Nairobi has described as “perceived bias and unwillingness of the …

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U.S. Withdrawal or Disengagement from Somalia? Assessing Somalia’s and Kenya’s Concerns

By Sunguta West The Somali and Kenyan governments fear a resurgence by al-Shabaab as a result of the U.S. withdrawing its forces from Somalia. The exit was completed on January 15 in line with the deadline ordered by former President Donald Trump and involved about 600-800 U.S. soldiers under U.S. …

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Toward a Peaceful Order in the Horn of Africa

By Abiy Ahmed The Ethiopian government’s victory over the Tigray People’s Liberation Front came at a high cost, and the humanitarian situation in northern Tigray remains grave. But only an Ethiopia at peace, with a government bound by humane norms of conduct, can play a constructive role across the region …

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Somalia wouldn’t be the first or the last to be dismembered

By Makau Mutua Several weeks ago, I opined on Twitter that Somalia, the most dysfunctional state in Africa, must either be dismembered, disaggregated, re-aggregated, or abolished altogether. LEGAL FICTIONS I immediately received flak and opprobrium from all manner of pedestrian commenters. Much of the commentary was emotionally charged without any …

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Scores of Ethiopian soldiers wounded in Tigray conflict

By AFP Nearly 100 Ethiopian soldiers have been treated for gunshot wounds at a hospital in the northern Amhara region, a medical official said Sunday, pointing to intense fighting in the country’s internal conflict. The toll comes as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and military leaders tout Ethiopian soldiers’ successes against …

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How Northern Frontier District was carved out

During the Middle Ages, Kismayo and the surrounding area known as Jubaland were part of the Ajuran Empire, a Somali sultanate that ruled over large parts of the Horn of Africa and dominated trade in the Indian Ocean. The Ajuran Empire had a strong, centralised administration and aggressive military strategy, …

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Ethiopia PM says Hundeessa killing part of plot to sow unrest

Hundeessa was shot dead in the capital Addis Ababa on Monday, sparking large protests in the country. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said the killing of a popular singer and subsequent violence that has left nearly 100 dead this week represented “coordinated attempts” to destabilise the country. Speaking during …

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