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President Farmajo again promises timely elections in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia - President Farmajo once again pledged early elections in Somalia just hours after parliament approved the recently signed pre-election agreement, further assuring members of the public pledge to hold elections on time timely agreed at the historic meeting that was convened at Villa Somalia. In Villa Somalia, Farmajo attended a roundtable hosted by the Raas Institute for Policy Studies, highlighting the government's efforts to hold elections that reflect the country's progress and democracy. He…

New tension between Kenya and Somalia

A shootout broke out between Kenyan and Somali soldiers on Saturday (September 26) along their common border. A demonstration was under way to condemn the violence of the Kenyan forces against Somalis. Kenyan soldiers then opened fire to disperse the protesters. Sustained exchanges of fire lasted for several minutes between the two neighboring countries' armed forces, witnesses say. It takes place in the town of Bulo Hawo in western Somalia, located right on the Kenyan border. This Saturday, residents of this locality are…

Farmajo rejects Somaliland secession offer, refuses to

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The journey for eventual recognition of Somaliland, the breakaway region in northern Somalia, may take a little longer to come to fruition following President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo's final sentiment, which has cast doubt on the quest for l State for the nation, which has lasted for three decades. On Saturday evening, Farmajo, at a panel discussion hosted by the Raas Institute, covered a litany of questions when he was greeted by a panel, where he addressed a number of controversial issues,…

Somalia: Farmajo shoots journalists, associates some with

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Journalists' freedom in Somalia may be far from achieved after all, even with the recent appointment of a special prosecutor, who will look into the atrocities suffered by journalists, and despite frequent assurances from President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo himself. During a roundtable on the country's upcoming elections on Saturday night, Farmajo fired warning shots at journalists accusing them of lacking journalism knowledge and experience, in a statement that secretly exposes the strained…

Parliament approves Somalia electoral deal

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalia's parliament on Saturday approved the electoral deal ending months of wrangling that almost threatened to disintegrate the country, in another dramatic occasion that would definitively define the nation's future political realignments. Ahead of the historic bicameral chamber session, there were concerns that Parliament would sabotage the implementation of the deal, after months of disagreements between the Senate and the Lower House, who were heavily divided over the quest to resolve the…

Following the oil spill in Mauritius, there is concern about biodiversity

Two months after the sinking of a Japanese ship in Mauritius, the first overview of the consequences of the oil spill on biodiversity. It will take several months to assess the impact of the 1,000 tonnes of fuel spilled on the coral reef. Also on land, oil spills can have consequences, especially for two bird species that are already in danger. The water in the lagoon is petrol blue. Two months after the oil spill that hit Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, "we sometimes find oil products on the surface," said Vikash Tatayah,…

The Covid-19 crisis weakens access to education in Madagascar

In Madagascar, we are measuring the impact of Covid-19's crisis on education. Civil society raised this issue during an online debate this Saturday, September 26th. For six months, classes have been suspended on the Big Island, except for graduate class students, to prevent the spread of coronavirus. With our correspondent in…

Somali forces rescue children in raid on Al-Shabaab camp

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Several Al-Shabaab militants were killed in fragile Lower Shabelle on Friday, state media reported in ongoing operations targeting the Al-Qaida-linked group which is terrorizing security forces, civilians and even operatives audience in Somalia for decades. State media say the Somali national army killed 16 al-Shabaab militants in Barire, further weakening the authority of the country, which has suffered insecurity for two years, killing hundreds and more. seriously injured. Reports indicate…

Sudan rejects link between removal from US terrorism list and

KHARTOUM - Sudan does not want to link its removal from the list of American terrorism which hinders access to foreign funding for the country's economy with the normalization of relations with Israel, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Saturday. Sources said this week that US officials have indicated in discussions with a Sudanese delegation that they want Khartoum to follow the UAE and Bahrain and open relations with Israel. Sudan's designation as a sponsor state of terrorism dates back to its ousted leader…

opposition parties and some elected officials boycott the senatorial election

In Madagascar, about thirty opposition political parties met on Friday 25 September at the Panorama Hotel in the center of the capital Antananarivo. Among them the TIM party of former President Marc Ravalomanana and the HVM of the outgoing head of state Hery Rajaonarimampianina. The latter rejects the holding of the senatorial election on 11 December 2020. An election that they consider constitutional and hasty, especially because several municipalities do not have large voters, and because validation of the executive…

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