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Somalia: Puntland troops to ‘liberate Qandala’ from ISIS faction

Somalia: Puntland troops to ‘liberate Qandala’ from ISIS faction

SPECIAL REPORT Last week, government forces in Somalia’s northern Puntland state commenced a military offensive to retake the coastal town of Qandala, which was seized on Oct. 26 by a group of ISIS-linked militants led by a Puntland-based cleric. Yusuf Mohamed Dhedo, governor of Puntland’s Bari region where Qandala is located, told the VOA that government forces’ plan was “to liberate …

Somalia: Jubaland’s key to electoral success is patience

Somalia: Jubaland’s key to electoral success is patience

On 24 November Jubbaland became the first Federal State in Somalia to conclude selection of candidates for seats in the House of the People. Now the state's  electoral officials are being invited by other Federal States to share their recipe for success. Mohamud Hassan Elmi, Deputy Chair of the Jubbaland State Level Indirect Electoral Independent Team (SIEIT) says they benefited greatly from …

Somalia Week in Focus: Top Stories (Dec. 2, 2016)

Somalia Week in Focus: Top Stories (Dec. 2, 2016)

Somalia election postponed for third time In a new twist to Somalia’s delayed elections, the country’s Federal Indirect Election Implementation Team (FIEIT) announced this week that the presidential election scheduled for Nov. 30 would be postponed. FIEIT Chairman Omar Abdulle Dhagey said the new presidential election date will be announced after anticipated meetings with the incoming …

‘Foreign nations must stop interfering in Somalia election’: Candidate

‘Foreign nations must stop interfering in Somalia election’: Candidate

Somali presidential candidate Mohamed Ali Nur “America” has warned that the upcoming election “should not be rushed”.  In a radio interview, Mr Ali, Somalia’s former ambassador to Kenya, congratulated the “legitimately elected Members of Parliament and Senators”, but strongly warned against the notion that an incomplete federal parliament may sit and elect its leadership and the …

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