| Africatime
Tuesday 28 March 2017
(Standard Digital 03/28/17)
The democratic installation of Mohamed Mohamed as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia is the most hopeful political development in the war-torn Horn of Africa country in decades. Mr Mohamed, a New York resident – and dual US-Somali citizen – is likely to lead a national renaissance in one of the most tortured countries on earth. Somalia has not known peace since the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. President Mohamed, the urbane technocrat educated at the University at Buffalo, is bound to transform Villa Somalia into the nerve centre that puts humpty dumpty back together again. A man of virtue, Mr Mohamed is a one in a generation leader. Mr Mohamed’s...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/17)
Somalia's new president appealed to the international community Thursday for more aid to avert a famine threatening his country that could also undermine fledgling political hopes born in his peaceful election. "Almost half of our people are facing acute food shortages and about 15 percent are facing famine" amid a severe drought, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, said in a video conference with the United Nations Security Council. "Among the many pressing priorities for my administration, responding effectively to the current humanitarian crisis tops the agenda," he said.
(Capitalfm Business 03/23/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, following talks with Somali’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, announced that direct flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu would be relaunched within a fortnight. “We’ve directed the security teams from both countries to meet immediately and agree on modalities of relaunching direct flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu and this is to happen with the first flight being within two weeks.” A move welcomed by Mohamed, more popularly known by his nickname Farmajo, when he, together with President...
(Shabelle News 03/23/17)
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed flew to Kenya Thursday, for his first State visit to the neighboring country ahead of a special summit on the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The President accompanying top Government officials jetted off to Nairobi to attend IGAD heads of State summit on Somali refugees which is expected to kick start next Saturday. Sources said, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo will hold talks with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, to discuss the bilateral relations between...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(AFP (eng) 03/15/17)
Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson met the new Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed in a surprise visit Wednesday to Mogadishu, the scene of frequent attacks by Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab Islamists, an airport official said. "The UK foreign secretary has arrived and he's now meeting with the president," said the official, Mohammed Abdirahman. A source close to the Somali presidency confirmed the meeting was taking place in the Villa Somalia presidential palace in central Mogadishu. Johnson and the Somali leader are set to discuss a severe drought that aid agencies say
(The Associated Press 02/27/17)
The Pentagon wants to expand the military's ability to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia, potentially putting U.S. forces closer to the fight against a stubborn extremist group that has plotted attacks against America, senior U.S. officials said. The recommendations sent to the White House would allow U.S special operations forces to increase assistance to the Somali National Army in the struggle against al-Shabab militants in the fragile Horn of Africa nation, the officials said. They said the proposal would give...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
Hassan Ali Kheyre, a former aid worker and oil executive, was named prime minister of Somalia on Thursday by the country's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Mohamed, popularly known as Farmajo, made the announcement on Twitter. After his nomination Kheyre -- also spelt Khaire -- promised to "tirelessly work with the president and try to form a government that represents the public". Tensions between Somali presidents and their prime ministers in recent years have frequently stymied government business and undermined political progress in the fragile Horn of Africa nation, so the relationship between the two men will be crucial. Kheyre is a political newcomer and, like Farmajo
(AL Jazeera 02/23/17)
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Somalia's new president, has been sworn in under tight security at a ceremony in the capital, Mogadishu. Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, has warned it may take at least two decades for the country to recover from years of conflict and humanitarian crises.
(Voice of America 02/23/17)
Somalia's new president has picked an oil executive and former aid agency director to be the country's next prime minister. Hassan Ali Khaire will face the task of strengthening Somalia's shaky central government and stabilizing a country struggling with severe drought and Islamist militancy. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo announced Khaire's nomination Thursday via Twitter. Khaire spent the past two-and-a-half years as Africa director for the British energy company Soma Oil & Gas. From 2011 to 2014, he was the Horn...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed sought to downplay high expectations of his new administration at his inauguration Wednesday, saying it would take decades to fix the nation's many problems. "Our government is facing so many challenges and even though I will be doing my best, I also want to make clear for the Somali public that due to limited resources regarding economy and forces of security, what we could do is going to be limited," he said. The president, widely known by his nickname Farmajo, officially took office last week, but his inauguration was held Wednesday in the presence
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Somalia's capital Mogadishu was under security lockdown Wednesday, with roads closed and commercial flights cancelled ahead of the inauguration of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Widely known by his nickname Farmajo, the president will be sworn-in at a ceremony held in the highly-secured airport zone to avoid an attack by the Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab group which has threatened a "vicious war" against the new government. "All major roads and streets inside and outside the capital were closed down last night, movement...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Somalia's new president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, widely known as Farmajo, was inaugurated on Wednesday at a colorful ceremony attended by regional leaders who pledged support for the new government. African leaders from Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia attended the ceremony, which was held at the fortified Mogadishu International Airport. Speaking after being inaugurated as the ninth president of Somalia, Farmajo pledged to restore dignity to the Horn of Africa nation by tackling security and economic challenges. Farmajo, who was...
(Voice of America 02/17/17)
At least two people were killed Thursday in a barrage of mortar rounds fired toward Somalia's presidential palace as the country's new leader moved in. Abdifitah Halane, a spokesman for the Benadir regional administration, told VOA's Somali service that two children were killed when one of the mortars hit their home in Warta Nabadda district near the palace. Halane blamed al-Shabab militants for the attack. New President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was not hurt, and there were no other reported casualties. The mortar rounds were aimed at a ceremony where the former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
(Xinhuanet 02/15/17)
The African Union envoy in Somalia said Wednesday that Somalia would make tremendous progress under the new leadership formed following the drawn-out electoral process that ended last week. The Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia Francisco Madeira said President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo) has already spelt out issues his government would prioritize including security, tackling corruption and promoting peace and stability. "He has made it his priority the need to ensure Somalia has functioning national security service, that is, the army, police and the intelligence," Madeira said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(AL Jazeera 02/13/17)
The election of Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo as Somalia's president has inspired optimism for the future of Somalia. The stage seemed set for a ceremonial rubber-stamping of the status quo. Some of the new parliamentarians, many of who came through a corrupt process supported by domestic and foreign elements, started to arrive late and, at times, act unprofessionally on the floor. Key officials, including the speakers of both chambers of the Federal Parliament, were awkwardly seated under the stage where ballots...
(Voice of America 02/11/17)
Somalia's new president says he will work to have his country removed from the list of nations whose citizens were -- and may yet be -- barred from entering the United States. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, more commonly known as “Farmajo," told VOA of his plans in an phone interview late Thursday, a day after his unexpected victory in the Somali presidential election. “It is part of my responsibility to talk this issue with the U.S. government by conveying our message to the president and his government that the Somali people are really good, hard working people," Farmajo said.
(AFP (eng) 02/09/17)
Former Somali prime minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who holds joint American citizenship, was elected president on Wednesday, vowing to crack down on corruption and Al-Shabaab militants. The 55-year-old former premier, whose hails from the Darod clan and who goes by the nickname "Farmajo", won after incumbent president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud acknowledged defeat in a second round of voting by lawmakers. "This is the beginning of unity for the Somali nation, the beginning of the fight against Shabaab and corruption", a triumphant Farmajo said after being declared the winner in a long, drawn-out election process in the conflict-wracked nation.
(AFP (eng) 02/09/17)
Supporters of Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a veteran diplomat and former prime minister, hope he can be the answer to corruption and extremism in the world's most notorious failed state. The 55-year-old father of four, better known as Farmajo, holds both American and Somali citizenship, and was elected after a six-month voting process marred by widespread allegations of vote-buying and corruption. Nevertheless, Farmajo, from the Darod clan, was welcomed with celebration by many Somalis who had looked forward...