Somalia Swears in New Prime Minister

Somalia’s parliament has unanimously approved a new prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, who was appointed on September 17, 2020. The meeting, which was attended by 215 members, was chaired by the speaker of parliament, Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman, accompanied by his two deputies, Abdiweli Sheikh Ibrahim Mudey and Mahad Abdalla Awad. The Prime Minister then addressed the House of Representatives, thanking them for their commitment to security, elections, the economy, good governance, justice, constitutional review, reconciliation and international cooperation. He also promised to form a capable government that would take the country out of the current transition, and then asked … Continue reading Somalia Swears in New Prime Minister

President Farmajo names new prime minister

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has appointed Mohamed Hussein Roble as the country’s new prime minister, according to a statement from the presidency. The statement said, “The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, has appointed the Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia in accordance with Article 90 of the Provisional Constitution, following the loss of confidence in the previous Government on 25 July 2020. . ” “The President, after extensive consultations, today, 17 September 2020, appointed Mohamed Hussein Roble as the Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, on the basis of … Continue reading President Farmajo names new prime minister

Civil society group decries delays in electoral deal, urge Farmaajo, FMS leaders to break stalemate

MOGADISHU  – A civil society coalition in Somalia has expressed concern over failure by the country’s leaders to reach a timely agreement on the model of upcoming elections noting that was fast running out. Somali Civil Society Coalition said Thursday in a statement following a meeting in Mogadishu that the delay by President Mohamed Farmaajo and the Federal Member State leaders to reach a deal was ‘concerning’. “The Somali Civil Society Coalition is concerned over the inability to resolve differences in order to save time and how they failed to reach agreement in order to hold the 2020/21 election,” the … Continue reading Civil society group decries delays in electoral deal, urge Farmaajo, FMS leaders to break stalemate

International Community welcome ongoing electoral talks in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU – The UN and other international partners in Somalia have urged the country’s leaders meeting in Mogadishu to find a solution on the ongoing electoral stalemate to put the country’s interests in the forefront. While welcoming the talks hosted by president Mohamed Farmaajo, the partners said it was important that the leaders set aside their differences in order to find an acceptable and workable electoral formula. “The partners urge the Somali leaders to engage fully in serious dialogue aimed at reaching broad agreement on a credible and implementable electoral model,” the statement read in part. The international community also … Continue reading International Community welcome ongoing electoral talks in Mogadishu

Former premier announces to run for presidency

Khayre was ousted from office by parliament in July Somalia —Former Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre announced on Saturday that he will run for the presidency in the next year election. “It is clear that our country has made a progress over the last 2 decades. I have served this country as a prime minister and have gained experience, so I am here to announce that in the next presidential election, I will run for the presidency,” Hassan Ali Khayre said in the statement. Khayre, a Somali-Norwegian, 52, was appointed prime minister in February 2017 by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed … Continue reading Former premier announces to run for presidency

Farmaajo opens fourth round of electoral talks in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU – Talks on finding an electoral compromise for the upcoming elections in Somalia today kicked off  after delays for three times. President Farmaajo opened the talks at Villa Somalia Sunday following the arrival of Federal Member State presidents to Mogadishu in the last one week. Attending the talks also is Banaadir Regional Governor Omar Filish who also doubles up as the mayor of Mogadishu. A statement from Villa Somalia noted the meeting was based on consensus and key to resolving the country’s electoral stalemate. “ “The President welcomes the efforts of the Heads of Federal States and Government of … Continue reading Farmaajo opens fourth round of electoral talks in Mogadishu

Mass exam failure stirs up a storm in Somalia

By Daily Nation Somalia’s education policymakers are under pressure to explain how secondary schools in the capital Mogadishu reported massive failure in the national examination, while those in regions bordering Kenya had high grades. Results released on Sunday for Grade 12 exams for the 2019/2020 school calender showed that 33,727 students sat the national tests. Of these, 25,177 students, representing about 75 percent, passed the exams and qualified to join tertiary institutions. But, of the 8,550 who failed most of them are from Benadir, the metropolitan region that includes Mogadishu. Jubbaland State, which borders Kenya, produced the best five students nationally and only 33 … Continue reading Mass exam failure stirs up a storm in Somalia

The auctioning of Somalia’s oil blocks is against the law

There are serious concerns about the legality of the current “Production Sharing Agreements”. Troubling questions also persist over how foreign companies managed to secure extraordinary concessions to the detriment of Somalia.     A few weeks ago, the Financial Governance Committee (FGC) – a committee chaired by Somalia’s Minister of Finance and includes an advisory panel from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and representation from Somalia’s donor partners – published its annual Financial Governance Report on Somalia. The FGC was established in 2014 in response to the egregious levels of corruption within the Federal Government … Continue reading The auctioning of Somalia’s oil blocks is against the law

Banadir regional schools respond strongly to Caretakers Minister’s statement

Mogadishu – Schools that are members of the SAFE Education Umbrella in the Benadir region have reacted strongly to the controversial statement made by the caretaker Minister of Education, Abdullahi Godah Barre recently. A statement from the umbrella’s member schools condemned Caretaker Minister of Education’s alleged verbal attack on thousands of students, calling them “poor quality schools and teachers working in Mogadishu”. They said they were confident in the quality of their teachers and the education they provided, calling the minister’s remarks unfortunate and an excuse for the failure of the country’s education ministry. “We condemn the reaction (Ministry of … Continue reading Banadir regional schools respond strongly to Caretakers Minister’s statement

‘He was a healthy young man, the next minute he was left for dead on the street’

Camden News JournalThursday September 10, 2020By Bronwen Weatherby AFTER a year like no other and with all of our lives disrupted by the coronavirus crisis, it may be too easily forgotten that just 12 months ago Camden saw one of its most harrowing weeks. In this week last year, three people lost their lives on the streets within a matter of days, a sequence of events which left a community in shock and familiar debates raging over how to end violent crime. Two murders from that week from hell remain unsolved and this week the mother of a young man stabbed … Continue reading ‘He was a healthy young man, the next minute he was left for dead on the street’