Puntland parliament rejects term extension by the federal government

A vote of a motion against the Somali parliament’s legislation was approved by 49 members of the Puntland parliament, with one opposed the move and two abstained. The Speaker of the Puntland House of Representatives has announced that the Puntland parliament has vehemently rejected a two-year extension of the federal government’s mandate, which expired months ago.
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Djibouti: U.S. Statement on Djibouti Presidential Elections

[State Department] The United States looks forward to working with the government of President Ismail Omar Guelleh and the people of Djibouti to advance our common interests following Djibouti's presidential election on April 9. We appreciate the work of the election observer missions from the African Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the League of Arab States, and the Intergovernmental
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Ethiopia: EU Envoy Off to Saudi Arabia, UAE En Route His Second Trip to Ethiopia to Discuss Crisis in Tigray

[Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -- Pekka Haavisto, Foreign Minister of Finland, and EU's envoy to Ethiopia mandated by the block's High Representative Josep Borrell, is on his way to the Kindom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates "for discussions on regional issues as well as the situation in Tigray," the EU said in a statement.
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Somalia: Somalia's Leaders Plan to Move Forward With Polls Following U.S. Call

[VOA] Mogadishu -- Somalia's government says it is making a commitment to conduct delayed presidential and parliamentary polls after the U.S. urged the leadership to hold transparent elections. On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said leaders should set aside "narrow political objectives" and "uphold their responsibilities to the people of Somalia."
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Ethiopia: Ethiopians Across the Globe Denounce Meddling in Domestic Affairs

[Ethiopian Herald] Over the last week, the Ethiopian Diaspora community has been made to the streets to express their concern on the intervention of superpowers in the internal affairs of their home country. Thousands of Ethiopians and Eritreans have been demonstrated in Ottawa, Halifax, Toronto, London, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Calgary denouncing TPLF & its disinformation campaign, and calling on the
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Ethiopia: Int'l Community Must Discern the Authetic Information

[Ethiopian Herald] In a statement published on Wednesday by the Office of the Prime Minister, Ethiopian government has renewed its commitment to rebuild Tigray state after the successful completion of the law enforcement operation in the state. Restoring the damaged infrastructural facilities, providing humanitarian aid to affected communities as well as allowing unhindered access to media personnel and relief workers
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Kenya: Maritime Border Row With Somalia Threat to Lapsset

[Nation] The ongoing Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor project that is billed to become East Africa's light to economic growth is walking a tightrope. Kenya is the third-largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Horn of Africa's top. But the ambitious Kenya Vision 2030 undertaking is likely to become a ghost project should Somalia extend its maritime boundary. The
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Federal Government Welcomes concerns shown by Brotherly Nations

The Federal Government of Somalia welcomes the concern shown by our brotherly nations and regional bodies to which Somalia is a member, who have released statements on the present political stalemate regarding the implementation of the election that are consistent with the position of the Federal Government of Somalia. The Federal Government of Somalia agrees, wholeheartedly, the need to finalizethe
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Somali Government welcomes the concern shown by our brotherly nations regarding the implementation of the election

Mogadishu (SONNA) :The Federal Government of Somalia welcomes the concern shown by our brotherly nations and regional bodies to which Somalia is a member, who have released statements on the present political stalemate regarding the implementation of the election that are consistent with the position of the Federal Government of Somalia. The Federal Government of Somalia agrees, wholeheartedly, the need
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Somali government guarantees its people peace and stability

Mogadishu (SONNA) :The Federal Government of Somalia has said that the ongoing protests in the country over the elections will not subvert the peace and progress gained thus far in the country. In a press statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government condemned the violence against members of the Somali Security Forces carried out by “security
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FIFA Regional Development Office inaugurated in Kigali

Kigali (SONNA) :The long-term development of football in east Africa received a substantial boost with the inauguration of a new FIFA Regional Development Office in Kigali, Rwanda, following a signature and opening ceremony that included FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from Rwanda, Vincent Biruta, the Minister of Sports, Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju and
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Makhtar Diop Appointed IFC Managing Director and Executive Vice President

WASHINGTON (SONNA): World Bank Group President David Malpass today announced the appointment of Makhtar Diop as Managing Director and Executive Vice President to head the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an arm of the World Bank Group that advances economic development and improves the lives of people by encouraging growth of the private sector in developing countries. “Makhtar Diop has deep
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NATO, EU top leaders urge US, EU unity

BRUSSELS (SONNA): NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg and top EU officials Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel encouraged strengthening ties between the bloc and the US on Friday. The trio of leaders welcomed new US President Joe Biden and endorsed opening a new chapter in transatlantic relations. “We must reinforce our unity that unity derives from our promise to defend
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Ethiopia to welcome mediation of Turkey with Sudan

ADDIS ABABA (SONNA): If offered, Ethiopia would appreciate the Turkish government’s mediation on the recent border conflict with Sudan, said the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday. In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Ambassador Dina Mufti underscored that the Ethio-Sudanese border conflict could be solved through diplomatic means. With a 1,600-km (994-mile) long shared border, Ethiopia and Sudan
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Somalia’s electoral management bodies trained on election safety and security

Mogadishu (SONNA): Members of Somalia’s Election implementation teams with the mandate to manage Somalia’s upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections are undergoing a two-day training on Electoral Safety and Security in Mogadishu, Somalia. Facilitated by the Political Affairs office and jointly led by the Police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali Police Force, the training
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UN, AU urge Somali leaders to end election stalemate

African Union Commission Chief Moussa Faki Mahamat and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Somali leaders Tuesday to resume talks to end the current stalemate on the country’s next elections. “The Chairperson and the Secretary-General call on Somali leaders to resume dialogue and work in a spirit of compromise to overcome the last political hurdles to inclusive elections as soon
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Ministry of Health Confirms increase in Covid-19

Mogadishu (SONNA)-Minister of the Health of the Federal Government of Somalia H.E Fozia Abikar Noor confirmed to the national media that the number of cases of Covid-19 registered in the country has increased in the past two months. The results from Covid -19 tests conducted in the country from January 1st to11 February this year shows that cases increased by
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Somali Prime Minister received UK ambassador to Somalia

Mogadishu (SONNA):The Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia HE Mohamed Hussein Roble received UK ambassador to Somalia HE Ben fender at his Office. “I received the outgoing UK ambassador to Somalia, H.E benfender today. I expressed our appreciation for his contribution towards deepening diplomatic & developmental partnerships between our two countries, & wished him well in his future
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British demining company wins deal to train and equip SNA on countering IED

MOGADISHU (SONNA) – The UK government has reinforced its support to Somali National Army through training and equipping to enable the military tackle the IED hazard that has killed many security forces and civilians. has learnt that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to ISSEE, a British firm specialising in demining and counter-terrorism training, equipment, and advice.
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International partners urge Somali leaders to agree on poll timeline

Mogadishu (SONNA)- The international community on Saturday called on Somali leaders to iron out outstanding issues from the previous consultative meetings and agree on the short election timeline to implement the pre-election deal in the new round of talks slated for Monday. The partners including the African Union, EU and the UN among other countries said government and federal
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Somalia: Somalia's Ratification of Seven (7) ILO Conventions Represents New Hope for Workers, Says Festu

[Shabelle] The Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) applauds the official signing and ratification of seven International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions by Somalia's Prime Minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, on behalf of the Federal Government of Somalia, on 9 February 2021. This follows the unanimous approval by the Council of Ministers on 24 December 2020.
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United Nations welcomes conference announced by President Farmajo

Mogadishu (SONNA)-The United Nations Security Council has called on Somali leaders to resume talks immediately and to prepare for new elections, hoping to resolve a new crisis over electoral disputes, SONNA reported. In a resolution adopted by a majority, the 15-nation Security Council called on Somalis to “immediately resume their dialogue and work together, in the interests of
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Chairperson Of The African Union Commission calls For The Resolution Of The Somali Electoral Impasse

Addis Ababa (SONNA)- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat continues to closely monitor the developments in Somalia. The Chairperson calls on the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, the Federal member state leaders and the entire Somali national leadership, to work constructively together to resolve the political differences that have
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AMISOM Police Commissioner impressed with collaboration with Jubaland Police

The Police Commissioner of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has expressed satisfaction with the operational capability of the mission’s police officers currently serving in the Jubaland State of Somalia. Speaking in Kismayo, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Augustine Magnus Kailie, said, in addition to evaluating the preparedness and morale of the officers, he had also done a
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Somalia: Statement By High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell On the Lack of Agreement to Conduct Elections

[EU External Action] The lack of agreement to conduct elections in Somalia is extremely serious and not in the interest of the citizens of Somalia. It is crucial that all participants continue to engage constructively to agree on the implementation of a national electoral process. Political leaders should continue their efforts on the implementation of the 17 September agreement. Any
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History whispers to blockading Arab states as GCC rift is resolved

Comment: As blockading states agree to end their irrational boycott of of Qatar, Rami Khouri highlights how diplomacy and statecraft also helped preserve the ancient Nabataean Arab Kingdom. This week's agreement to end the boycott  of Qatar by four Arab countries is important and historic, and reflects a striking combination of old ways and new realities in
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Wadajir Party presidential candidate discusses election concerns with prime minister

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and the opposition Wadajir Party presidential candidate Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame have held a meeting earlier this evening at the of the prime minister in Mogadishu. The meeting started after the evening prayers and was held behind closed doors. “Today I held a meeting with PM Roble at his office. We discussed complaints about the electoral
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Somali president, Galmudug leader discuss election issues

Galmudug State President Ahmed Abdi Kariye (Qor Qor) held a meeting with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on 6 January 2021. The Galmudug leader has been hosting both officials from the presidency and opposition parties, including the president of Jubbaland state Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Ahmed Madobe). Sources close to the meeting said the issue of Gedo, the biggest obstacle to the elections,
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Somali opposition leaders warn against ‘secret’ oil deals with foreign firms

The Council of the Presidential Candidates Union has warned the federal government against entering oil exploration and drilling agreements with the foreign firms just before the end of its term. In a letter addressed to President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo,Speaker of the Lower House Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Aabdirahman, Speaker of the Upper House, Abdi Hashi Aabdullahi, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble among
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Ethiopia: Provide Unhindered Access to Whole of Tigray to Protect Civilians, Bachelet Urges Ethiopia

[OHCHR] Geneva -- "While we welcome the Ethiopian Government's statement that there would be unimpeded humanitarian access, in line with the agreement with the UN signed on 29 November, this needs to be to all areas of Tigray where civilians have been affected by the fighting," Bachelet said, noting that two humanitarian assessment missions were able to enter Tigray on
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AMISOM brings clean water to residents of El-Ma’aan village in HirShabelle State.

Mogadishu (SONNA)- The problem of access to clean potable water will be a thing of the past for thousands of local communities of El-Ma’aan village in Bal’ad District, HirShabelle State of Somalia, after the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) put up 5 wells under its Quick Impact Projects (QIPs). Speaking during the handover of the 5 wells project
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UAE claims new visa suspensions 'temporary coronavirus measure'

The UAE Foreign Minister told his Pakistani counterpart that the travel visa suspensions were 'temporary'. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said that visa restrictions rolled out by the Emirates last month are only a 'temporary' measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The state-run WAM agency cited bin Zayed saying
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Somali Police Force mark 77th anniversary of its founding

Mogadishu(SONNA)-Somali Police Force has on Sunday marked 77th anniversary of its founding and shared congratulations and best wishes through different ways as though the annual celebration of the establishment of such occasion was not held due to COVID-19, SONNA reported. The Acting President and Speaker of the Federal Parliament, Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman, Prime Minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble and Commissioner of
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AMISOM hails outgoing Uganda Contingent Commander for his contribution to peacekeeping in Somalia.

Mogadishu (SONNA): The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Thursday hosted Brig. Gen. Richard Otto, the outgoing Contingent Commander of Ugandan troops in Somalia, who is also the AMISOM Sector 1 Commander, to a farewell dinner and hailed him for his outstanding contribution to the peacekeeping mission. The AMISOM Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya presided over a sendoff
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AMISOM and Somali forces to jointly secure Hirshabelle State election

JOWHAR- The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), based in HirShabelle State of Somalia will coordinate with the Somali National Army (SNA) and HirShabelle State police to secure elections and boost safety and confidence among the public and election officials. Somalia is soon planning to hold nationwide indirect elections where 101 clan caucuses will elect a Member of Parliament
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Southwest State youth attend community engagement workshop in Baidoa

BAIDOA(SONNA): Youth representatives from across Southwest State of Somalia have converged in Baidoa to attend a one-day youth community engagement workshop supported by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to encourage youth participation in peacebuilding and community work. The event was aimed at inspiring Southwest State youth to engage in decision making at district and regional levels during the
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Somalia-China mark 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations

Mogadishu(SONNA)-China and Somalia on Monday celebrated the 60 th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two nations that started December 14, 1960, SONNA reported. The Chinese Embassy organized very colorful event on this occasion and attended by senior Somali Government officials, diplomats, experts from think tanks and China-Somalia associations and other dignitaries in Mogadishu. Somali
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Somali Defense Minister bids farewell to troops trained in Turkey

Mogadishu (SONNA) – Minister of Defense of the Federal Government of Somalia Hassan Hussein Haji has bid farewell to a contingent of Gor Gor Commandos who will undergo training in Turkey, SONNA reported. Somalia has strong diplomatic relations with the Turkish government and is playing a key role in building and strengthening the Somali National Army.
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China, Somalia diplomatic ties flourishing amid mutual benefits: envoy

Mogadishu (SONNA) -The bilateral cooperation between China and Somalia has thrived in diverse fields as both countries achieve mutual benefits, an envoy said on Monday. Qin Jian, Chinese Ambassador to Somalia said that a time-honored friendship between the two nations has witnessed fruitful outcomes. “China and Somalia have always enjoyed a long friendship,” Qin said during a reception held
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Somali, Chinese Presidents exchange congratulatory massages of 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries

Mogadishu(SONNA)-President of the Federal Republic of Somali, and President of People’s Republic of China exchanged congratulatory massages of 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries that dates back on December 14, 1960, SONNA reported Monday. President Farmajo wrote the letter blew to his counterpart, president Xi On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic friendship between
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Somalia, UN vow to hasten universal health coverage

Somalia and the United Nations (UN) on Saturday renewed commitment to accelerate efforts to provide universal health coverage (UHC) for all Somalis. The government in collaboration with the UNICEF, WHO, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners also urged other health and development partners to do the same. Mamunur Malik, WHO Representative for Somalia said in a joint statement issued in
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Ethiopia: Statement Attributable to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi On the Situation in Ethiopia's Tigray Region

[UNHCR] I am deeply alarmed about the safety and well-being of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia, who have been caught in the conflict in the Tigray region. For over a month, UNHCR and humanitarian partners have had no access to the four Eritrean refugee camps inside Tigray, putting the safety and survival of the refugees at great risk.
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Kushner says Saudi normalisation with Israel 'inevitable' after Riyadh's 'role in Morocco agreement'

Saudi Arabia will 'inevitably' establish ties with Israel, Jared Kushner said. Saudi Arabia normalising ties with Israel is an "inevitability", senior presidential advisor Jared Kushner said on Thursday. "Israel and Saudi Arabia coming together and having full normalisation at this point is an inevitability, but the timeframe… is something that has to be worked out," Kushner
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No records on $12m spent by Somali gov’t in 2019, audit report reveals

In the report, Auditor General Mohamed Ali reveals that 55% of all MDAs did not submit their financial statements for audit in accordance with the law. Most of the MDAs, the AG said offered no explanation for the failure. “There were payment vouchers along with supporting documents that were not cancelled by stamping them with a dated “PAID Stamp” to prevent
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Chinese Ambassador to Somalia Qin Jian interviewed by Somali National Television

Mogadishu(SONNA) Recently, Chinese Ambassador Qin Jian to Somalia interviewed by the Somali National Television, answered the questions on fruitful results achieved by the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Somalia. The interview is as follows: 1, On December 14th, 1960, Somalia was the first country in East Africa to establish diplomatic relations with China. Historically, the relationship
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Athens accuses Turkey of facilitating Somali migration to Greece

Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said that Somali asylum seekers were aallegedly using "subsidised tickets and visas paid for by NGOs". The Greek government on Tuesday accused Turkey of encouraging Somali migration through promotion campaigns and visa offers, and then allowing the migrants to continue on to Greece.
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Somalia: Somalia Marks 60yrs of Relations With China

[Dalsan Radio] On December 6th, 2020, Ambassador Qin Jian to Somalia interviewed by the Somali National Television, answered the questions on fruitful results achieved by the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Somalia, brilliant achievements of 20th anniversary of the Forum on China and Africa Cooperation, and the Belt and Road Initiative, introduced the Fifth Plenary Session of 19th
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Somalia Partnership Forum communique

Mogadishu(SONNA) Somalia and its international partners met in Mogadishu on 7th December 2020 for the Somalia Partnership Forum (SPF). The participants reviewed developments since the last SPF, the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and agreed specific priorities taking into account the upcoming Federal indirect election. International partners recognised Somalia’s achievements and on-going progress in implementing security sector reforms, recovering
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