Somalia: System of a down

On Thursday October 14, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the president of Somalia, appointed Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed "Farmajo" as his new prime minister. Mohamed, a Somali-American and a member of the Somali diaspora, is a relative unknown in the Somalian political scene. Systemically, institutional divergence prevents Somalia from establishing a strong system of national governance.
The appointment came after the September 21 resignation of former prime minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke - a result of a ongoing feud between himself and the president. That ended a bitter power struggle between the divided executive institutions of the presidency and the office of the prime minister.
Appointing Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who is new, young and professional, is in and of itself a step in the right direction. However, a revolving door of personnel changes fails to address the cause of toxicity that has restrained political development in Somalia. Read More


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