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Ethiopia falls into violence a year after leader’s Nobel peace prize win

The GuardianSunday August 30, 2020 – Ethiopia faces a dangerous cycle of intensifying internal political dissent, ethnic unrest and security crackdowns, observers have warned, after a series of protests in recent weeks highlighted growing discontent with the government of Abiy Ahmed, a Nobel peace prize winner.

Many western powers welcomed the new approach of Abiy, who took power in 2018 and promised a programme of radical reform after decades of repressive one-party rule, hoping for swift changes in an emerging economic power that plays a key strategic role in a region increasingly contested by Middle Eastern powers and China.

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State presidents of Puntland and Jubbaland to arrive in Mogadishu today

The presidents of Jubbaland state Ahmed Madobe and Puntland Said Deni are set to arrive in the Somali capital Mogadishu as a preliminary delegation from the regional administrations of Puntland and Jubbaland arrived in yesterday.

The two officials are scheduled to meet with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo to discuss issues related to the country’s elections.

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Turkey Refuses to Back Down in Escalating Standoff with Greece

VICE; Tensions between the two countries have risen amid a growing dispute over energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ratcheted up already soaring tensions with Greece Wednesday, telling an audience that his country would take “whatever it is entitled to” amid an escalating dispute over energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Speaker meets with Constitutional Committees

The Speaker of the House of the People Mohamed Mursal today met in his office with the Constitutional Committee of the Federal Parliament of Somalia and the Independent Constitutional Commission.

The committee briefed Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman on the progress of the constitutional review process and the obstacles to finalizing the Constitution, which need to be addressed.

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President of Somalia ‘becomes the first President ever to break a crucial article in the Constitution’

Wadajir party leader Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, who is currently in Dhusamareb, spoke about the political situation in the country and the appointment of a new prime minister.

The Party leader , who is currently in Dhusamareeb, Galmudug, spoke about the political situation in the country and the appointment of a new prime minister.

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One month in, Prime Minister seat is still vacant…

Its now been a month since Prime minister of Somalia Hassan Ali Kheyre was sacked on July 25, after a vote of no confidence in parliament.

President Farmajo has yet to name a new prime minister to take over from the incumbent government led by Mahdi Mohamed Guled, who was appointed caretaker prime minister on the day Hassan Ali Kheyre was sacked.

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Hopes for 13 Senatorial seats in Benadir region ‘seemingly lost’

Mogadishu – Lawmaker Abdulkadir Osoble Ali, a member of the Forum for National Parties, spoke about ‘’a promise that President of Somalia has left for people of Benadir region’’.

Lawmaker Abdulqadir Osoble said President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo made the pledge at a recent conference in Dhusamareeb, which still has unfinished decisions pending.

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Is President Farmaajo seeking a prime minister to help him get re-elected?

Mogadishu BTV – The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, is looking for a candidate to lead his election campaign, according to Hussein Moalim Mohamud, a former adviser to Villa Somalia.

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Somali sporting talent gaining acknowledgement it deserves as young runner wins 5,000m race

August 23, 2020 – BTV Sports – Somalia’s sporting talent is being acknowledged around the world as young Abdisalam Ali today won the 5000m in the U20 U-20 in Switzerland.

In the race in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, Abdi Salaan ran 14:36.17, the best U20 record in Switzerland.

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Uganda to send 600 troops including militia’s to Somalia

Sunday, August 23, 2020 (BTV) – The Ugandan government is sending the 7th Division of the United Nations Guard to Somalia.

The unit, made up of more than 600 peacekeepers, includes a large number of militias, according to a report in the military command one post.

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Suspect arrested on Turkish Airlines flight from Mogadishu

Mogadishu – BTV – reports from Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport confirm that a Turkish Airlines flight from Aden Adde International Airport has been delayed for several hours earlier this morning.

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Source: The appointment of the new Prime Minister and the plans of the President

Mogadishu (BTV) – President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo’s 30-day constitutional deadline to nominate a new prime minister is nearing completion, but it is yet to be announced.

The Somali president, who has is now looking to appoint a PM for 28 days, may ask parliament for extension to name a Prime Minister, sources at Villa Somalia told BTV.

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Somalia: Somali Troops Clash in Mogadishu

Mogadishu – At least three soldiers were killed and eight others were injured in a clash between Somali federal government forces in Hodan district of Benadir region.

The fighting erupted after an misunderstanding between military and police forces near Digfer Hospital in Mogadishu.

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Explosion in Mogadishu this morning and details emerging

A landmine blast has this morning occurred near Eng Yarisow (Ex-Konis) football stadium in Abdiaziz district of Mogadishu, Benadir region.

According to local reports…

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Breaking News: The National Parties Forum takes an surprising position on the Dhusamareeb III agreement

Mogadishu – The National Political Forum (NPF) has issued a press statement on the recent conference in Dhusamareeb III and the agreement reached in the absence of the Puntland and Jubbaland administrations.

The forum unexpectedly welcomed the agreement reached at the Dhusamareeb III conference, saying that the agreed-upon electoral process was moving in the right direction.

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Puntland denies hijacking of its shores

Garowe – BTV – Puntland authorities have denied that a vessel off the coast of Puntland was hijacked in the Gardafuu region, according to the Puntland Minister of Fisheries and the Governor of the Gardafuu region.

Puntland’s Minister of Fisheries Mohamud Haji Salah said the ship was not hijacked but was approached by pirates off the coast of Bareda.

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Former Governor Thaabit Abdi Mohamed sends a message to the Fed Parliament on the Dhusamareb agreement

Mogadishu (BTV) – The former governor of Benadir region, Taabid Abdi Mohamed has issued a statement on the agreement reached in Dhusamareb, the capital of Galmudug.

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Reports indicate that the Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and the state presidents of HirShabelle and Southwest regional administrations met with US Ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto at Aden Adde International Airport.

The meeting took place this afternoon until late into the evening when the leaders returned from the Dhusamareb III Conference.

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President Farmajo speaks about the boycott of Ahmed Madobe and Said Deni

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo today attended the closing ceremony of the Dhusamareb-3 conference in Dhusamareb, the capital of Galmudug, and spoke about the boycott of the conference by the Jubbaland and Puntland administrations.

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Dhusamareb Conference reaches 17-point electoral agreement

Dhusamareb (BTV) – The third round of the Dhusamareb Conference on Elections 2020/21 has reached an agreement on the type of elections to be held in the country, consisting of 17 point, namely: –

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The key points from UN Security Council Resolution on Somalia

The United Nations Security Council has convened a special session on the situation in Somalia. The meeting was rather much different from the previous one that took place virtually, and was attended in person by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia James Swan.

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SHOCKING Video emerges of local singers roaming around Somali Prime Ministers office behaving wild & loud….

A video has been leaked of young Somali socialists roaming around the recently sacked Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre’s vacated office and humiliating and taunting him.

The shocking video shows local artists and staff imitating the behaviour of former PM Kheyre and causing loud scenes inside the office when tensions are high in security, politically…

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The investigation into the attack on the Central Prison has been completed and some surprising facts have been revealed..

Mogadishu – The committee tasked with investigating the August 10 terrorist attack inside the Mogadishu Central Prison, met with the caretaker Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Guled today and shared the results of their research.

According to a statement from the caretaker Prime Minister’s Office, the commission found that on August 08, 2020, weapons were placed inside the prison…

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Special Report; Kenya seeking new approach that may hamper relationship with Somalia even further down?

Special Report – In the first week of August 2020, Kenyan Minister of Defense Monica Juma and Chair of the Somali Coast Guard Liaison Group criticised Somalia (Puntland and Somaliland) for releasing pirates yet to finished their sentences. Kenya was elected on June 20, 2019 to chair the Piracy Contact Group for 2 years from January 2020 to December 2021.

Although a United Nations report says that between October 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019 there were no reports of ships hijacked off the coast of Somalia and the release of 23 hostages, Kenya is campaigning to expand the team’s mission with less obvious objectives since piracy has declined enormously.

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Four key Reasons Said Deni (PL) and Ahmed Madobe (JL) Oppose Dhusamareeb Conference 3

Mogadishu (BenaadirTV) – The Puntland and Jubaland administrations have boycotted the Dhusamareb 3 conference, sharply criticizing federal government officials and offering conditions they want to meet again.

The statements issued by the two regional administrations included statements by Said and Deni and Ahmed Madobe refusing to sit down with federal leaders, the main ones being: –

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Somalia’s Civil Society release ‘statement of concern’ regarding Dhuusamareeb 3 forum

Somalia’s Civil Society groups have released a statement expressing their ‘deep concern’ on the handlings and recent opening of Dhuusamareeb 3 national forum.

Somalia’s state leaders are convening in Galmudug’s capital, Dhuusamareeb, to finally break a deal and decide in the model for the upcoming 2021 highly anticipated elections to take place in Somalia.

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Four types of ELECTIONS have been tabled at the Dhusamareb 3 conference..

Dhusamareb (BenaadirTV) – The conference in Dhusamareb, the capital of Galmudug state, which was attended by the heads of the regional administrations and the central government in the absence of Jubbaland and Puntland has been presented with 4 different types of elections.

These types of elections were brought before the Dhusamareb 3 Technical Committee to consider the type of elections to take place in the country.

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Elite Hotel owner reveals ‘why they were targeted’

Mogadishu (BTV) – The owner of Elite Hotel, Abdullahi Mohamed Nur, that was attacked this past sunday by militant group Al Shabab, has directly addressed the reason he believes is behind the attack.

Lawmaker Abdullahi Mohamed Nur said in an interview after the attack on his hotel, which initially started with an car bomb explosion, that “the main reason I was targeted was because I refuse to pay them extortion.”

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Somali Federal Government accuses Taiwan administration of violating Somalia’s sovereignty

The Federal Government of Somalia has accused the Taiwanese administration of violating Somalia’s sovereignty by opening an embassy in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland.

A statement from Somalia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Taiwan had violated Somalia’s sovereignty.

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Breaking; Explosion heard in Mogadishu and details coming in

An explosion has this afternoon taken place in Mogadishu, which was heard in parts of the city.

The blast is reported to be a landmine, targeting an unarmed vehicle passing near Deva Hospital near the Tarabuunka Junction in Hodan district.

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Mogadishu attack: Somali troops end deadly siege at Elite Hotel

Somali special forces say they have ended a siege at a hotel in the capital Mogadishu that was stormed by armed al-Shabab militants.

At least 10 people are reported to have been killed at the Elite Hotel in the Lido beach area, plus an unknown number of militants.

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