KISMAYO (HOL) - The battle for Jubbaland presidency Monday afternoon took a whole new twist when Ethiopian and Jubbaland forces backed by Kenyan troops almost clashed at Kismayu Airport in what could be seen as a last ditch attempt by the Federal Government to wrest control of Kismayu through Ethiopian might.
The region of Jubaland in neighbouring Somalia will tomorrow elect a new president as the Kenya government covertly intensifies its support for incumbent Ahmed Islam Mohammed Madobe, who has ruled the region over the last eight years.
MOGADISHU (HOL) - Somali Federal Government has declared the election of new Jubbaland state assembly a nullity noting the process violated the Federal Constitution and electoral procedures in what could open a new round of battles between the Ahmed Madobe administration and Mogadishu.
The African Union and UN have called for peaceful and credible elections in Jubaland, southern Somalia, saying the polls slated for Aug. 24 are critical for the country's stability.
The July 24 suicide bombing that killed the mayor of Somalia's capital was disturbing on multiple levels, security experts say. Abdirahman Omar Osman was slain by one of his own aides, who was female and blind, and who acted in concert with another one of his employees, also female.
At least six Somali government soldiers and a cameraman were killed and 13 others were injured Wednesday when al-Shabab militants attacked a military base near the capital, officials say.
Said Sheik-Abdi describes himself as “one of the Somali-Americans residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota.” The state has 52,333 people who report Somali ancestry — the largest concentration of Somalis in America — and many live in the Twin Cities.