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4 Questions For the New Somalia President

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Yesterday, following a drawn out process of indirect elections, Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo was chosen by parliamentarians to be President of the Federal Government of Somalia. The election of the former prime minister came after the incumbent and runner-up Hassan Sheikh Mohamud conceded defeat following two rounds of voting. The presidential…

Somalia: The Next Oil Superpower?

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Last month, Soma Oil and Gas, a London based energy company, searching for hydrocarbon deposits off the coast of Somalia, announced that it had completed a seismic survey to ascertain the potential for recoverable oil and gas deposits. Although further details have yet to be released, chief executive Rob Sheppard…

Fear and anticipation as Gambia deadline nears

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Large numbers of Gambians have fled their homes and soldiers from neighbouring Senegal have begun moving towards the borders amid a deepening political crisis. Yahya Jammeh, who lost a December 1 presidential vote to opposition leader Adama Barrow, is refusing to step down, despite international condemnation and a threat of…

Facebook live audio: It’s like the radio, but on Facebook

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Facebook on Monday began testing a live audio streaming service that will let people essentially broadcast radio-style on the leading online social network. Partners working with Facebook to test “Live Audio” included BBC World Service,  book publisher HarperCollins, British talk radio station LBC, and authors Adam Grant and Brit Bennett.…

Up to 1,750 ISIS jihadists have returned to Europe with orders to carry out attacks

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Up to 1,750 ISIS jihadists have returned to Europe with orders to carry out attacks, an EU report has warned. About 5,000 European fanatics have travelled to Syria and Iraq with between 15 to 20 per cent dying on the battlefield. Up to 35 percent have returned – some with…

Somali-American lawmaker says she was harassed by cab driver

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The nation’s first elected Somali-American lawmaker says she was harassed and called “ISIS” by a taxicab driver in Washington, D.C. Minnesota Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar detailed the incident on her Facebook page on Wednesday. She said the cab driver called her ISIS, lobbed sexist taunts and threatened to remove her hijab…

Abu Dhabi Meeting: A Quest to Steal Somalia’s Election and Maritime Territory

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  In this week, Somali regional leaders were invited to a gathering in Abu Dhabi organized by foreign interest-groups to influence upcoming elections by crowning individuals with a history of colluding with foreign entities at the expense of the state. As key meddlers in Somalia with dubious interest, Kenya and…

FACT SHEET ON SOMALIA’S 2016 ELECTORAL PROCESS

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FACT SHEET ON SOMALIA’S 2016 ELECTORAL PROCESS The contents of this fact sheet are drawn from decisions that were reached about the electoral process during last year’s series of nationwide consultations about electoral model options and subsequent meetings of the National Leadership Forum. These decisions are contained in the Mogadishu…

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