A suicide bomber has attacked a convoy in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday in an attempt to assassinate a local police chief. At least eight people were killed, according to a witness report.
Somalian media quoted the country’s police as saying that a vehicle rigged with explosives hit a convoy carrying Banaadir’s regional police chief, Colonel Farhan Qarole, who survived the attack.
An eyewitness told Reuters that he has seen eight bodies, including the body of a woman, while another early report said that five were killed.
News website All Banaadir reports that two police officers have died and two were injured. Several buildings were said to have been damaged, including a children’s hospital.
No one has claimed the responsibility for the attack as yet, but Isla...
Somalia's political leaders have agreed to hold a long-delayed presidential election on October 10, the prime minister's office said Tuesday, following months of deadlock that turned violent at times.
The office of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble unveiled the timetable for indirect parliamentary and presidential elections in a statement on Twitter, saying stakeholders had agreed to a roadmap for a vote following two days of talks in the capital Mogadishu.
"I commend the leaders of the council and hope the election will be a peaceful and transparent one, based on the agreed-upon schedule and processes," the prime minister said.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and the leaders of Somalia's five states had been unable to agree on the terms of a vote before his term lapse...
U. N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA) Mark Lowcock attends a news conference for the launch of the "Global Humanitarian Overview 2019" at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Decemer 4, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
The Eritrean troops in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are expected to “definitely leave soon,” according to Ethiopia’s U.N. envoy. This was confirmed following the previous statement from a top U.N. official who told the Security Council on Tuesday that Eritrea’s soldiers were using starvation as a weapon of war.
Outgoing U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock told the 15-member council in a private briefing that “no one should be surprised to see a rerun of a devastating 1984 famine if violence in Tigray doe...
Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo (left) and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta during a press conference in Nairobi on November 14, 2019. PHOTO | PSCU
Kenyan and Somali foreign ministers spoke on phone Wednesday where they resolved to improve bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries.
Kenya’s foreign affairs cabinet secretary Raychelle Omano and Somali foreign minister Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud reaffirmed the need to expeditiously reopen their two respective missions.
“The ministers expressed a strong wish to improve trade, security and cultural relations between Kenya and Somalia,” Kenya’s foreign ministry said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
The two ministers also emphasized the importance of normalizing diplomatic relations between the two coun...
Kenya will reopen its embassy in Somalia "as soon as possible", Nairobi authorities announced on Monday, responding favorably to a proposal from their neighbour for the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Somali Minister of Foreign Affairs had sent a letter last weekend to his Kenyan counterpart inviting him to reopen the Kenyan diplomatic representation in Mogadishu, which was closed since December after Somalia broke off diplomatic relations between the two states.
The unilateral decision according to Mogadishu came "in response to Kenya's recurrent and blatant political violations against Somalia's sovereignty". The situation led to the expulsion of the Kenyan ambassador in Mogadishu while the Somali ambassador in Nairobi was recalled.
Kenya on Thursaday lifted a ban on direct flights from Somalia ending a month feud after the suspension of air travel between the two countries.
Kenya through its Foreign Minister Said it has “taken due consideration of intercessions made and has decided to reopen Kenya’s airspace to all flights originating from Somalia and emanating from Kenya to Somalia.”
Kenya-Somalia diplomatic relations have severed in recent months with the latter blaming Kenya of meddling in its internal political affairs.
Somalia on Monday ordered all its diplomats in Kenya to leave within seven days while also ordering Kenyan diplomats to quit within the same period.
Somalia has said its southern neighbor is backing Jubbaland state governor Ahmed Madobe, a key foe of President Farmajo.
The two ...
In June, Estonia will have the presidency. The Council may hold meetings in the Security Council chamber this month, although high-level meetings will most likely continue to be held by videoconference (VTC).
Estonia has chosen to hold three open debates: children and armed conflict, cybersecurity and working methods. The children and armed conflict open debate on the Secretary-General’s annual report will be at ministerial level and will be chaired by the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid. Briefings are expected from a senior Secretariat official,UNICEF and a civil society representative.
The cybersecurity open debate will also be at ministerial level, with the Prime Minister of Eston...
In a press statement released Friday night, the 15 members of the council commended the country’s leaders for putting first “Somalia’s stability, security and development, and the best interests of the Somali people”.
The agreement,that would allow elections within 60 days, was an outcome of the summit convened by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, after months of escalating tension between the political factions in Somalia.
The members of the Security Council welcomed the commitment to “hold peaceful, transparent, inclusive, and credible elections, which respect the agreed-upon minimum 30% women’s quota in parliament”.
The peace and security body also encouraged Somalia’s leaders to maintain this positive momentum so that elections can take place as agreed. They also...
Somali PM Mohamed Hussein Roble (centre) speaks with federal state presidents from Jubbaland, Galmudug, South West and Hirshabelle on May 21, 2021 ahead of their crucial meeting on elections scheduled for May 22, 2021 in the capital Mogadishu.
Somali leaders will meet on Saturday in Mogadishu to discuss the electoral calendar.
The National Consultative Forum, comprising the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the Federal Member States (FMS), was initially scheduled for Thursday by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble. It was, however, pushed to Saturday after some leaders failed to arrive on time.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo on April 27 assigned Roble the task of leading talks on the electoral process.
Leaders began arriving in the capital on...
By Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, the president of the Federal Republic of Somalia.
To avoid a power vacuum after my four-year mandate as Somalia’s president ended on Feb. 8, Somalia’s House of the People passed legislation in 2020 to ensure that the political transfer of power rightfully happens only through elections. This means that the current elected officials have to remain in office until they are reelected or replaced through the electoral process.
Somalia’s elections have been delayed not because I wish to cling to power, as some have falsely argued, but because of a political impasse that has led to a division between Somalia’s federal government and some of its member states on the way forward.
At the core of the disagreement is a conflict between my government’s goal ...
Mogadishu, 13 May 2021 – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission to Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, extends his warm wishes to the people of Somalia on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.
In a message for the Eid celebrations, he said, “I congratulate all the Muslim believers in Somalia for the successful completion of the Holy month of Ramadan. On behalf of AMISOM, I wish the Government and the people of Somalia a happy and peaceful Eid al-Fitr, a time for celebration and togetherness,” said Ambassador Madeira.
He continued: “For the second year in a row, Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated in a pandemic, this time with a more optimistic outlook as vaccine deployments are ongoing to protect people from COVID19. I urge all Muslim t...
DRC’s President and African Union chair Felix Tshisekedi being received by Uganda’s Minister of State incharge of International Affairs Okello Oryem.
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at Entebbe International Airport.
Ethiopian President arrives at Entebbe International Airport.Sahle-Work Zewde
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrives at Entebbe International Airport.
South Sudanese leader Salvar Kiir arrives at Entebbe International Airport.
The President of Guinea, H.E Alpha Condé,
Somali's President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo being received by Uganda’s Minister of State incharge of International Affairs Okello Oryem
Today, on International Labour Day, I salute the determination and hard work of the working masses who play a big role in Somalia’s national development. Today represents the sanctity and dignity of Somali workers and at the same time, it is an acknowledgment of the significance of workers for economic d evelopment of the country. Today is also a day that we as a nation must emphasizes the core principles of social justice and respect for rights of our people. The Federal Government of Somalia, under my leadership, is strongly committed to improve the working and living conditions of Somali workers and to provide the necessary protection for all working families. Certainly, my government appreciates the importance of Somali workers as a most important asset in keeping our country econ...
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KINSHASA, DR CONGO, 21st April 2021 –Kenya and DR Congo have today signed four framework cooperation agreements covering several economic sectors, security and defence as well as maritime transport.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is received by the Congolese President H.E. Felix Tshisekedi on arrival at the Palais de la Nation, official resident of the DR Congo's President in Kinshasa, during his second day of State Visit to the country.
Among the four pacts, signed on the second day of President Kenyatta's three-day State visit of DR Congo, is the general cooperation agreement which provides a framework for joint promotion of economic, technical, scientific and socio-cultural programmes.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo witnes...