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AFRICANGLOBE - Somalia’s internationally-backed government is reportedly planning to file a legal case against the rulers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for setting up a military base in the unrecognized breakaway republic of Somaliland.
AFRICANGLOBE - Some 328 lawmakers have elected Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as Somalia's president after five hours of voting Wednesday in the capital Mogadishu. Farmajo won in the second round with 184 votes, becoming the country's ninth president.
AFRICANGLOBE - As Somalia announces plans to open its first offshore exploration license round in 1Q 2017, explorers analyzing new seismic data have recognized the potential of finding reserves to match those of its neighbors in East Africa. Beyond that, critically, they are discovering that Somalia’s potential is not just gas: Here lies a gem of an unexplored oil basin.
AFRICANGLOBE - Somali protesters have expressed outrage over reports emerging in India that 50 out of 119 kidnapped Somalis suspected of being pirates could face the death penalty at the end of an ongoing show trial. The Times of India reported on Friday that 119 alleged Somali pirates nabbed by the Indian coast guard and navy between 2011 and 12 had pleaded guilty to offences brought against them.
AFRICANGLOBE - Fadumo Dayib, 43, has already received death threats, but that has not killed her dream of becoming Somalia’s first female President, or from running in the upcoming elections, which are due to be held in 2016. Dayib has been a refugee having fled the violence in the horn of Africa nation. It was until she was 14 years old that she was able to access education. She holds three master’s degrees in health sciences and public health and is doing a PH.D in women’s governmental participation and empowerment in post-conflict regions.
AFRICANGLOBE - Uganda is set to withdraw its troops from Somalia next year, ending a decade-long stay in the Horn of Africa country. The plan could worsen the security situation in the country that has been made ungovernable by terrorist groups, which have intensified attacks in the last few months.
AFRICANGLOBE - The Ethiopian military warplanes reportedly bombed several bases belonging to Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab terrorists in central Somalia.
AFRICANGLOBE - Al-Shabaab headquarters in Somalia have been captured after a week of strikes by Kenyan, Ethiopian and Somali troops. Kenya Defence Forces took over the capital of Gedo, Bardhere, on Thursday.
AFRICANGLOBE- At least 3,000 Ethiopian troops have entered Somalia, reportedly for an attack on al-Shabab militants. Residents of the southwestern Gedo region said troops with tanks and armored vehicles began crossing the border Monday and have been seen in the town of Luq.
AFRICANGLOBE - The Ethiopians “scare the Hell out of everybody,” Alexander Rondos, the European Union’s representative for the Horn of Africa, said in 2014. Ethiopia has one of the strongest armies in Africa, arguably outmatched only by Egypt, Algeria and South Africa. And these three countries spend far more on their militaries, both in per capita terms and in actual dollars, than Ethiopia.
AFRICANGLOBE - Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto yesterday hosted the president of the new South West State of Somalia, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan in his Karen home in Nairobi. "Kenya would assist in stabilising individual states of the Federal Government of Somalia as prerequisite to bringing stability to the whole country and the region at large," Ruto said.
AFRICANGLOBE - The year saw a significant number of Somalis in diaspora come back to the country following decades in exile. This is expected to have a major impact on the growth of capital Mogadishu. There has been a recent construction boom, with more buildings – commercial and residential – appearing on the Mogadishu skyline. The country is now getting a complete makeover.
AFRICANGLOBE - The price of oil may have fallen off a cliff recently, but that has not deterred energy giants like Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Chevron from reactivating plans to drill in Somalia.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia is considering the establishment of a buffer zone inside Somalia to deter cross-border attacks from Al-Shabaab with high caution, a senior government official said. Media reports indicated this week that Ethiopia and its southern neighbor Kenya are in discussions to create a buffer zone inside Somalia along their respective borders.
Somalia's economy is slowly recovering from more than two decades of conflict, although the government is still battling an insurgency. Amid the chaos, some businesses have thrived, including money transfer and mobile phone firms.