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Al-Shabab Opposes Election of New President in Somalia

A senior al-Shabab official has said his Islamic rebel group opposes the election of Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as Somalia’s president.

Hassan Yaqub Ali, who is a member of al-Shabab leadership and the extremist group’s governor of Galgudud region, threatened that the group will target clans and anyone who collaborates with the new president.

“We will fight against him during his four-year term,” he said in a speech aired by al-Shabab media Saturday night.

Farmajo was chosen by the Somali parliament February 8 in an election widely welcomed and celebrated by Somalis.

Many who celebrated praised Farmajo’s work during his seven months as prime minister in 2010 and 2011. At the time, Farmajo paid salaries of government staff and military. He also played a key role in mobilizing a weak Somali army to fight alongside AU troops in an offensive that pushed al-Shabab away from the presidential palace.

The al-Shabab official appeared to have been worried by Farmajo’s popularity, saying that the new president is not a “patriot.”

In response to the countrywide celebrations, Ali said the demonstrations were “organized by paid NGOs.”

Farmajo had been living in the U.S. before his election and is a dual Somali-American citizen.

Ali said Farmajo will be “worse” than his predecessors because of his dual citizenship.

“Anyone carrying a foreign passport is not a patriot, Farmajo is an American,” he said.

“We have our own way of measuring things, we have our own lenses, don’t fall for the propaganda.”

It’s the first official response by a leading al-Shabab commander on the election of the new Somali president.

The new president will be inaugurated Wednesday. In a brief comment the president made after his election win, Farmajo said he will prioritize security, establish justice, and help the poor and those affected by the droughts.

Farmajo also said the African Union troops will stay in the country until the national army is rebuilt.

The al-Shabab official criticized the statement, saying it proves the new president is not ready to remove foreign troops from the country.

 

‘Car bomb’ kills 15 people in packed market in Somalia

A blast at a busy market in Somalia’s capital has killed at least 15 people, police said.

Captain Mohamed Hussein said the powerful explosion, thought to be from a car bomb, tore through shops and food stands in Mogadishu’s Madina district on Sunday.

He said the bomb also wounded more than 10 others and casualties may rise as many of the wounded suffered horrific wounds.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.

However, Somalia’s homegrown Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, often carry out such attacks.

Despite being ousted from large parts of south and central Somalia, al-Shabab continues to carry out guerrilla attacks in this Horn of Africa nation.

Siyaasi Abdiweli Garyare oo maanso tiriyey kadib doorashadii Farmaajo. SABAB?

Siyaasiga Abdiweli Ibrahim Garyare oo ka mid ah xisbiga Daljir ee Madaxweynaha Soomaaliya ku caawinay inuu doorashadii dhacday dhawaan kusoo baxo ayaa waxaa uu xalay Hal-abuuray maanso si weyn  usoo jiidatay suugaan dhaadhiga Soomaalida iyo shacabkaba.

Waxaana  maansadan oo weydiimo u badan qofkasta dareensiineysa waxa inaga qaldan iyo waxa loo baahan yahay in dadkeena ku dhaqaaqaan,si loo helo dowlad taammaan ah oo fulisa wixii loo doortay.

Abdiweli Garyare waxaa uu horey u tiriyey gabayo iyo maansooyin dhaxal reeb noqday, kuwaasi oo uu dhammaan uga hadlayey isbadelka loo baahnaa iyo dowladnimada. Waxaana ugu danbeysay labadii maanso ee uu kula dardaarmay xildhibaanada wax dooranayey, si aysan hoggaan qaldan u dooran. Waana labadii maanso ee kala ahaa ( Balan-baabi iyo Xamareey war iga hoo).

 

Haddaba maansadiisii xalay ee cusbeydna waa tan ee daalacasho wacan:

Hadmaynu dadyow xor noqon
Dellega iska beerta oo
Dagaalada aan jecleyn?
Hadmuu damaceeno noqon
Dowladnimo tamaan ahiyo
Deris iyo walaalnimo?
Hadmaa dib u socodkiyo
Dayowga laga bixiyo
Dunida aan hiigsanaa?
Hadmaa dilka ehelkiyo
Duqeyntoo laga gudbiyo
Dawada aan wada helnaa?

Hadmaynu ku dalxiisinoo
Dalkeena hamsami u baran
Allaa deeq uga helnee

Hadmaa kala diristiyo
Khiyaanada deriskiyo
Dacartiyo cadaawaha
Diidnay bulshada oran?

Dalkeenoo dib u dhisniyo
Hadmeynu danteena garan
Diiftaba ha inaga hadhee?

Niyadda yaa doojinoo
Nabada deyrkeeda noqon
Waryaa dildilaaciyo
Dalowga inaga qabtoo
Ducada aan ku hoobinaa?

Liitaha goortuu damshido
Halkaan iska damin laheyn
Nin doorkeenaa ku dhaca
Haddana uma diir naxnoo
Sheedaa kaba daawanaa!!

Hadmaynu diidnay oran
Shacabkoo duloobiyo
Ciidankoo duruuf iyo
Diiftu ay la jaal tahay
Dal-jirihii la doortayna
Hantideena daabulan?

Hadmaan diiwaanka gelin
Ummaddii dulqaadkiyo
Dareenkoodu wacnayoo
Dib u hanta kalsoonida?

Daa’imow allahayow
Duulkaan dayeysani
Dowgii lagu hagaagiyo
Dowladoo na deeqdiyo
Danahooda fahansii

Curiye; Abdiweli Ibrahim Garyare
Muqdisho, Somalia
18-02-2017

New Burundi battle group arrives in Somalia

Mogadishu, 14 February 2017 – A new battle group from Burundi has arrived in Mogadishu to replace soldiers of the 34th battalion who are rotating out after completing one-year tour of duty in Somalia.

The soldiers from the 40th battalion of the Burundi National Defence Force (BNDF), who will serve under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), were upbeat about their assignment in Somalia.

Speaking on arrival at the Mogadishu International Airport on Monday, the battalion’s commander, Major Leonidas Nsingirankabo, said his soldiers were ready for the task ahead and promised to do their best to help stabilize Somalia.

“My soldiers are ready for the task ahead to fight Al-Shabaab and contribute in stabilizing Somalia. We will engage them by observing all the international rules on war by ensuring our soldiers remain disciplined to win the support of the people of Somalia”, Major Nsingirankabo added.

The Chief of Operations of the Burundi soldiers in Somalia, Col Anicet Barusasiyeko, bid farewell to the soldiers rotating out and welcomed those deployed to take over their responsibilities.

“Effectively, for those who are rotating out, we have briefed them on what to expect when they get back to Burundi,” Col. Barusasiyeko said, adding; “Those arriving will also be briefed on the task ahead before they are deployed. We shall take them through orientation on what to expect.”

The commander of the 34th battalion, Major Sylvain Kinigi, said the outgoing soldiers played a major role in the stabilization process by helping liberate parts of Somalia from Al-Shabaab control.

“I passed here (Mogadishu) more than a year ago when I arrived on the peacekeeping mission in Somalia. We have undertaken different tasks in different places and delivered on our mandate”, Major Kinigi said.

The 34th battalion was based in Jowhar, Lower Shabelle region. The Burundi National Defence Force is responsible for peacekeeping operations in Sector five under the African Union Mission in Somalia.

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS CONGRATULATE MOHAMED ABDULLAHI FARMAJO ON HIS ELECTION AS FEDERAL PRESIDENT

The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States welcomed the conclusion of yesterday’s presidential vote and extend their sincerest congratulations to Somalia’s new Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his victory.

International partners also wish to express their appreciation to the outgoing Federal President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed and his government for their many achievements over the past four years and thank him for his gracious concession speech that facilitated a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.

President Farmajo faces a formidable set of challenges in meeting the expectations of the Somali people. They will expect the new federal government to respond to the country’s worsening drought crisis and avert another famine. A top priority identified by President Farmajo is improving security for all Somalis; this will require continued partnership with the African Union and international donors.

Other challenges include reconciliation and the peaceful resolution of a number of local conflicts and the resumption of the constitutional review process, not least to map out the pathway to one-person, one-vote elections in 2020. International partners urge all political forces in Somalia to work together in support of President Farmajo and the incoming government.

“The international community is eager to partner with the new President, the Federal Government of Somalia, the country’s federal member states and the people of Somalia in responding to these challenges,” said Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia. “Yesterday’s orderly and peaceful transfer of power is a major achievement for Somalia and should boost confidence in the country’s future both at home and abroad. Hambalyo Somalia!”

The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States welcomed the conclusion of yesterday’s presidential vote and extend their sincerest congratulations to Somalia’s new Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his victory.

International partners also wish to express their appreciation to the outgoing Federal President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed and his government for their many achievements over the past four years and thank him for his gracious concession speech that facilitated a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.

President Farmajo faces a formidable set of challenges in meeting the expectations of the Somali people. They will expect the new federal government to respond to the country’s worsening drought crisis and avert another famine. A top priority identified by President Farmajo is improving security for all Somalis; this will require continued partnership with the African Union and international donors.

Other challenges include reconciliation and the peaceful resolution of a number of local conflicts and the resumption of the constitutional review process, not least to map out the pathway to one-person, one-vote elections in 2020. International partners urge all political forces in Somalia to work together in support of President Farmajo and the incoming government.

“The international community is eager to partner with the new President, the Federal Government of Somalia, the country’s federal member states and the people of Somalia in responding to these challenges,” said Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia. “Yesterday’s orderly and peaceful transfer of power is a major achievement for Somalia and should boost confidence in the country’s future both at home and abroad. Hambalyo Somalia!”

Kenya loses first round in battle with Somalia on maritime border

The United Nations’ highest court ruled on Thursday it has the authority to adjudicate in a maritime boundary dispute between Kenya and Somalia over stretches of the Indian Ocean potentially rich in oil and gas.

Somalia asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to rule on the maritime boundaries between the two coastal nations in 2014 after negotiations over the 100,000 square kilometre stretch of sea floor broke down.

The ruling means Somalia’s boundary demarcation claim against Kenya can proceed, potentially affecting hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation rights Kenya has already granted in the roughly triangular area of contested ocean.

Companies that have been awarded Indian Ocean exploration blocks by Kenya include Tullow, Erin Energy, FAR and Dominion, though it is not clear if their parcels lie within the affected area.

Judges rejected Kenya’s claim that a 2009 agreement between the two countries amounted to a commitment to settle the matter out of court, depriving the court of jurisdiction.

“The court finds that Kenya’s preliminary objection to the jurisdiction of the court must be rejected,” presiding judge Ronny Abraham said, reading from the judgment in the tribunal’s ornate courtroom.

Speaking outside the court, Kenya’s Attorney General Githu Muigai said his country would “vigorously prosecute its case” in the upcoming hearings on the demarcation dispute, which have yet to be scheduled.

Kenya had a central role to play in fighting the maritime security risk from the Al Shabaab Islamist militant group in the pirate-infested waters, he added, and said the court case would not change this.

“Kenya maintains the view that litigation can resolve only one aspect of a wide range of complex issues the parties must agree upon,” he said.

Cases at the ICJ, which rules on disputes between states over international treaties, can last many years. Its rulings are binding, though the court has no enforcement powers and countries have been known to ignore its verdicts.

Prime Minister Sharmarke welcomes the decision of the International Court of Justice concerning the Somalia V. Kenya case

Immediate Release
02 February 2017

The Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E. Omar A. A. Sharmarke welcomes the resolution of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning the Somalia V. Kenya Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean.

“From the onset, we were confident that Somalia would win this case. Today, we celebrate the work of several transitional governments and the current government’s efforts to defend our maritime boundary. This is a collective effort from all involved and a national sovereignty case” said Prime Minister Sharmarke.

“Allow me to commend the excellent legal debates of our lawyers on this important case and remind all Somalis, particularly politicians, that we should sustain the unity of purpose. This court case is a dispute between two nations not between Somalis. The focus should be to win this case and defend our territorial waters. It should not be politicized for short-term political gains. I want to underscore how important that is for us at this historic moment for our nation” continued the Prime Minister.

The Federal Government of Somalia filed the ICJ case asking the court to demarcate the maritime boundary, and to determine the exact geographical coordinates as an extension of our southeastern land borders. The court, in its decision of 02 February 2017 resolved that it would hear the case and demarcate the maritime boundary between Somalia and Kenya.

The Prime Minister welcomed the court’s decision, which will be final, and called on Kenya to adhere to the verdict.

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INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WELCOMES ELECTION OF FEDERAL PARLIAMENT’S LEADERSHIP

The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States congratulate members of Somalia’s tenth parliament for completing the elections of their respective chambers’ speakers and deputy speakers.

Earlier this month, Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari was elected Speaker of the House of the People, and Abdiweli Sheikh Ibrahim Muudeey and Mahad Abdalla Awad were voted in as First Deputy Speaker and Second Deputy Speaker, respectively. Today, Abdi Hashi Abdullahi was elected Speaker of the Upper House and Abshir Mohamed Ahmed Bukhari and Mowlid Hussein Guhad were chosen as the First and Second Deputy Speakers of that body, respectively.

The installation of the parliamentary leadership concludes an important phase of Somalia’s electoral process. International partners call for the swift formation of the Joint Ad Hoc Committee on the election of the Federal President to facilitate the holding of a presidential vote by both houses of parliament as soon as possible.

The members of Somalia’s new parliament will face a hefty and critical legislative agenda. The international community expects the two houses of parliament to maintain a positive working relationship between them and with the executive, in order to accomplish the important task of building a better Somalia. The constitutional review process should be completed without delay as a clear priority, underpinning, amongst other things, the state formation process; contributing to and building upon key decisions needed on the structure of federal security sector institutions; and promoting consensus-building and reconciliation among all Somalis.

It will also be important to review legislation the previous parliament was unable to pass, and develop new legislation required for good governance.

The new federal parliament is comprised of the most diverse group of legislators ever to take office in the country’s history. Its members now have a solemn duty to convert that achievement into positive reforms that will expand opportunities for women, youth and minorities in Somali politics and society.

“At a time when Somalia is facing multiple challenges including the drought, joblessness and insecurity, parliamentarians have the opportunity to show leadership which responds to citizens’ most basic needs,” said Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia.

International partners have played an important role in providing political, financial, technical and logistical support to Somalia’s electoral process from its inception, and they look forward to continued cooperation and collaboration with the new federal government and parliament in the coming months and years.

At the same time, the international community wishes to stress the paramount importance of conducting a transparent, clean and credible presidential election whose outcome will be widely accepted by the people of Somalia and the international community. The abuses and malpractices that tarnished some of the parliamentary voting must be avoided at all costs. An open, orderly and fair presidential voting process will ensure the legitimacy of the new federal government at home and foster a political climate conducive to the successful completion of the many pressing tasks awaiting it during its four-year term in office.

 

Press Statement on the Drought Appeal

Mogadishu, 19 January 2017- The President of Somali Federal Republic, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, hold a breakfast meeting for the Arab League Ambassadors and representatives in Mogadishu with the National Drought Response Committee, which consists of FGS FMS, Civil Societies. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the drought situation and its implications on the people and their livelihoods.

The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs, Dr Yahye Ibrahim, who chairs the committee, briefed the President, the Ambassadors and representatives on the relentless drought and its severity. He informed that this devastating drought did not only affect the livestock and farming which is the livelihood of rural populations but also caused the death of our people due to insufficient rainfall in the last four seasons. It is estimated that the drought is affecting close to 5 million people and they are in need of emergency food, water and medical supplies. Records indicate that this is the worst drought in 25 years if not sixty years.

Shiekh Nur Barud Gurxan, an active committee member and respected Islamic Scholar , reinforces the message of urgency and the dire need for an emergency support to affected communities. He noted that the Arab League has continuously been supportive of the Somali people in its hour of need. We are aware of the calamities in other Arab, brotherly nations of Yemen, Libya and Syria. We wish them, but the Somali drought situation is very critical.

Speaking on behalf of the League of Arab nations. Amb Mohamed Idris welcomed the government’s initiative. He commented on the progress Somali made over the years but at the same time acknowledged the difficult it faces with this biting drought. Ambassador Idris promised that there would be a swift action for the Arab League member states to support the Somali people. He said that they don’t want to see a repeat of the 2010/11/12 drought. He also further said “Rest assured we will mobilise the Arab League member states, and we are here to work with you in your hour of need”.

The President, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, thanked the Arab League diplomatic community for attending this breakfast. The President also thanked the Committee for the excellent work they have done so far.

His Excellency, the President, reiterated that this is of the worst droughts for a long time. It hugely affected nomadic communities and those rely on subsistence farming. The vulnerable groups such as the sick, children and the elderly are dying due to hunger. The President told the gathering diplomats and other dignitaries that as a nation “we are trying to organise ourselves, and there is a local mobilisation effort underway to support those severely affected. For example, all government institutions are making financial donations. We are about to start levying extra taxes on certain commodities and services and deductions from the salaries of the civil servents”. Unfortunately, our efforts alone will not be enough. The Arab League Member States had always been supportive of the Somali people.

The President strongly requested the Arab League diplomats to engage the Arab media to inform the Arab masses of the situation of the Somali drought.

The President acknowledges the unwavering support of the International community to the Somali people; further welcoming the recent humanitarian appeal for the Somali drought.

Finally, the President sent an emergency appeal to the League of Arab Nations, Organisation of Islam Countries to positively respond to this drought appeal; your immediate intervention is critical.

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Shador Haji Mohamud
Director of Media and Comms
Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia
shadorhaji@presidency.gov.so

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER DEVELOPMENTS IN GALMUDUG

The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States are concerned about the unfolding dispute within the Galmudug regional assembly and between members of the assembly and President Abdikarim Guled.

The dispute, which has led to a vote to remove the President from office, with the President and the Speaker of the assembly rejecting the vote as illegal, is potentially destabilizing.

The international partners call on all the stakeholders in Galmudug, in particular members of the regional assembly, the Speaker of the assembly and the President, to resolve the underlying issues through dialogue and refrain from resorting to any acts of violence.

The international partners call on all Somalis, including the security forces, to now focus on consolidating and building on the gains from the electoral and state-building processes and make every effort to avoid actions that could undermine the progress that is unfolding in the country.