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Somalia Week in Focus: Jan. 13, 2017 (Top Stories)

Somalia Week in Focus: Jan. 13, 2017 (Top Stories)

Somalia MPs re-elect Jawari as House Speaker  Somalia’s new Federal Parliament re-elected 71-year-old Mohamed Osman Jawari as the country’s House Speaker in a Jan. 11 vote held in Mogadishu. Jawari gained victory in the first round of voting, after receiving more than the 50% plus 1 (simple majority) required in the first round. Jawari hails from Somalia’s Southwest state. He …

Somalia lawmakers choose speaker for new parliament

Somalia lawmakers choose speaker for new parliament

HARGEISA, Somalia –  Lawmakers in Somalia have elected a speaker for the country's new parliament, a key step toward the country's upcoming presidential election. The election has been delayed several times amid allegations of fraud and intimidation. No official date for the vote has been set, but officials estimate it will be in late January. Wednesday's vote by 259 lawmakers saw Mohamed …

Can the credibility of Somalia’s indirect elections be salvaged?

Can the credibility of Somalia’s indirect elections be salvaged?

By Abdihakim Ainte The credibility of Somalia’s electoral process is under severe threat amidst widespread allegations of electoral fraud, manipulation and intimidation. The ongoing indirect elections – which began in October 2016 and involve 14,025 electors picking 275 parliamentarians – are meant to signal a crucial moment in the country’s path towards political transition and …

Somalia Week in Focus: Top Stories (Jan. 6, 2017)

Somalia Week in Focus: Top Stories (Jan. 6, 2017)

Puntland and Galmudug sign Galkayo peace accord Leaders in Somalia’s Puntland and Galmudug regional administrations signed a new agreement on Jan. 1 in Mogadishu, after days of talks mediated by federal leaders with international observers, including UN Special Envoy to Somali Michael Keating. It was the third agreement between the warring parties. In October 2016, one-month of armed …

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