Somali parliament postpones election debate in dispute over new MPs
Somali parliament said it called off a planned debate on the country’s forthcoming elections Wednesday following a protest by the northern Puntlland state against a plan to allocate additional 7 lawmakers from the next parliament to Benadir region, lawmakers said.
Somali president warns socioeconomic woes over khat imports
Somalia’s president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has warned his country was losing millions of dollars to the use of the narcotic Khat leaves largely used by Somali men which he says continue to have an adverse socio-economic consequences on many other aspects of life in the horn of Africa nation.
For Kismayo, a former Al Shabab stronghold, holding public events were the unthinkable few years ago that the militant group banned all sports activities before allied forces ousted its fighters from the port city in 2012.
The African Union (AU) has extended its Amisom mission in Somalia to May 30, 2017.
A communiqué posted on Amisom Dail Media Monitoring and seen by The Standard on Sunday, states that the decision made public on Wednesday, means the 22,000 strong peacekeeping force set up to combat Islamist militant group Al Shabab, will remain in the troubled country for at least another 12 months. The AU reached the decision during the recent 595th meeting of its peace and Security Council.