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Crown Prince Meets with Somali President

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28 September 2017 (MCRS) Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, met in Jeddah on Wednesday with Somali President Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo. During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of cooperation between the two countries in various fields, and opportunities for its development, in addition to discussing the latest developments in the region. Also Wednesday, ... Read More »

Somali Teenagers Flee Al-Shabab Recruitment Campaign

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28 September 2017 (MCRS) Al-Shabab militants have launched what appears to be a forced recruitment campaign in Somalia’s southwestern regions of Bay and Bakool, according to Somali officials. The group, which controls large parts of both regions, is pressuring leaders of local villages to make sure teenagers join its ranks, according to the governor of Bay region, Ali Wardhere Doyow. “They ... Read More »

Kampala under siege ahead of presidential age limit motion

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27 September 2017 (MCRS) There is a heavy police and military presence in Uganda capital Kampala ahead of an anticipated motion on scrapping of presidential age limit. The headquarters of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Uganda’s main opposition party, is under siege by regular, riot and anti-terrorism police. PARLIAMENT They have deployed all-round the headquarters at Najjanankumbi along Kampala-Entebbe road. Police ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia Agrees to Let Women Drive

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27 September 2017 (MCRS) Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the repression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom. The change, which will take effect in June of next year, was announced on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington. The decision ... Read More »

The Gulf Contest for the Horn of Africa

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27 September 2017 (MCRS) Effects of the Qatar crisis have not been contained to the Gulf. The crisis has diplomatic and financial implications for states in the Horn of Africa, where we have observed a competition for influence among the Gulf States and Turkey. Saudi Arabia and the UAE see the Horn of Africa as a strategic opportunity to enhance ... Read More »

Deputy Defense Secretary meets with Somali PM, reinforces U.S. Support for defeating Al-Shabaab

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27 September 2017 (MCRS) Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre met with Deputy Defense Secretary for the U.S. Pat Shanahan on Monday, who reinforced America’s commitment to defeating violent extremist groups like Al-Shabaab. Mr Shanahan also promised to work with Somalia as it implements its national security architecture that was developed at the London Conference on Somalia in May. “Both ... Read More »

IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Somalia

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27 September 2017 (MCRS) IMF staff welcome the authorities’ continued commitments to policy and reform implementation despite daunting challenges. Stronger efforts are recommended to improve fiscal discipline, raise domestic revenue, and avoid new domestic arrears in order to keep the Staff-Monitored program on track. The Central Bank of Somalia is encouraged to keep up the momentum of reform implementation in ... Read More »

Somalia’s Puntland region captures weapons-laden boat from Yemen

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25 August 2017 (MCRS) Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland seized a boat loaded with weapons from Yemen in Saturday’s early hours, the regional maritime police chief said. Puntland authorities displayed dozens of anti-aircraft guns, machine guns, AK-47 rifles and dozens of boxes of ammunition seized from the boat after it was stopped in coastal waters off the Horn of Africa ... Read More »

Executive and Parliament to unveil new constitutional review road-map in 10 days

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25 August 2017 (MCRS) Parliament and the executive will in the next ten days come up with a constitutional review road map defining the roles and input of the various national stakeholders involved in the review process. Following a meeting bringing together the leadership of both houses and President Mohamed Farmaajo Saturday, the leaders resolved to develop a joint a ... Read More »

New bill to regulate medical practice and training in Somalia

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25 August 2017 (MCRS) Medical practice and training of medical staff will soon be subjected to government regulation thanks to the new health bill which was tabled in parliament last week. The bill which proposes the formation of a national medical regulatory body will seek to regulate training of medical staff in universities and colleges, licensing of various medical practitioners ... Read More »