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20 January 2018 18:54 (South Africa)

Lightning strikes twice for Somali president

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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somali president escapes again

Somalia's president, Sheikh SharifAhmed, has escaped another attack by Islamic militants after deadly fighting erupted in the capital, Mogadishu. Last week the radical al-Shabaab group fired on his plane as he left for an African Union meeting in Uganda, prompting a mortar and artillery battle between rebels and AU troops that killed dozens of civilians. This time, Ahmed was returning from a trip to Yemen when insurgents began firing mortars, resulting in another lethal clash with AU peacekeepers.

Read more: CNN, Reuters, BBC

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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