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18 December 2017 03:29 (South Africa)
Africa

Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’, Somalia’s unexpected president

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    Simon Allison

    Simon Allison covers Africa for the Daily Maverick, having cut his teeth reporting from Palestine, Somalia and revolutionary Egypt. He loves news and politics, the more convoluted the better. Despite his natural cynicism and occasionally despairing tone, he is an Afro-optimist, and can’t wait to witness and chronicle the continent’s swift development over the next few decades.

Photo: Newly elected Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ Mohamed (C) after the votes where counted in the presidential election held at the international airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, 08 February 2017. Members of the upper and lower houses voted with 21 candidates for president. The war torn country is holding its first presidential elections in a quarter century. EPA/SAID YUSUF WARSAME
Photo: Warcrimes suspect Thomas Lubanga of the Democratic Republic of Congo awaits the judges’ verdict on the appeal following his conviction two years ago for using child soldiers in a conflict in the Congo in 2002-2003 in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, 01 December 2014. Photo: EPA/MICHAEL KOOREN / POOL

The SADC Wrap: Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa calls for sanctions to end, Congo warlord ordered to compensate child soldiers

By KRISTEN VAN SCHIE
Photo: Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association members listen while Gwede Mantashe urges ANC supporters not to react to the protesters. (Greg Nicolson)

Analysis: When ‘democracy’ becomes ‘regime change’

By ISS TODAY
Photo:  Ecowas mediator and Guinea’s President Alpha Condé at a press conference after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron (not seen) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 22 November 2017. EPA-EFE/PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL MAXPPP OUT

ISS Today: Creating conditions conducive to stability in Guinea-Bissau

By ISS TODAY
Photo: After earning $6 daily as a bus tout, this man has had to move to a rural area where he earns $1.50 a day. He sleeps in this van. Photo: Zimbabwean Reporter

GroundUp: Zimbabwean army’s crackdown on touts leaves many desperate

By GroundUp
Photo: Zimbabwe’s minister of Finance Patrick Chinamasa presents the 2018 national budget in the House of Assembly, in Harare, Zimbabwe, 07 December 2017. The budget presentation comes two weeks after President Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn into office, replacing former president Robert Mugabe, who resigned on 21 November, after 37 years in office. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMEL

The SADC Wrap: Zim eases up on foreign ownership limits as SADC firms up on Lesotho

By KRISTEN VAN SCHIE
Photo: A photo provided by the South African Government Information Service shows South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma (L) speaking to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) attending a session of the 24th African Union Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State/Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) at the African Union Headquaters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 29 January 2011. EPA/Ntswe Mokoena

South Africa’s latest threat to withdraw from the ICC, or, How to Squander Leadership

By Max du Plessis
Photo: A file photo dated 25 April 2016 showing a group of the 195 opposition soldiers arriving with General Simon Gatwech Dual, the chief of staff of the South Sudan rebel troops, in Juba, South Sudan.  Photo: EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

ISS Today: Can South Sudan’s peace agreement be revitalised?

By ISS TODAY
Photo: An official hangs the official picture of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on a wall during a swearing-in ceremony of newly appointed 22 cabinet ministers at the State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, 04 December 2017. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

Op-Ed: Zimbabwe offers South Africa a lesson on change and outcomes

By David Reiersgord
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Op-Ed: In the ‘New Zimbabwe’, will the looting continue?

By David Moore
Photo by  Peter Hershey  on  Unsplash

ISS Today: Libya’s slave trade shocks AU-EU leaders into action

By ISS TODAY
Photo: Protesters attend a demonstration against alleged slavery in Libya, at Sergelstorg in Stockholm, Sweden, 25 November 2017. CNN’s footage of young Africans being auctioned off near Tripoli, filmed on a hidden camera and aired on November 14, has prompted protests in various parts of the world. EPA-EFE/CLAUDIO BRESCIANI.

Op-Ed: Dealing with Libya’s slave trade could be at the risk of the area’s ‘stability’

By Menzi Ndhlovu
Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron looks on at the Jardins du Luxembourg in Paris, France, 10 May 2017 during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the abolition of slavery and to pay tribute to the victims of the slave trade. Photo:    EPA/ERIC FEFERBERG / POOL

ISS Today: Many new plans in Macron’s no-Africa policy

By ISS TODAY
Somali women and girls wait to see a Burundian medical officer serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) at a free Outpatient's Department (OPD) medical clinic at the Burundi Contingent's headquarters at the former National University in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Photo: AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE

ISS Today: Life after al-Shabaab – a returnee puts the pieces together

By ISS TODAY
Photo: A file photograph showing Malian troops driving through a French army checkpoint outside the airport in Gao, in northern Mali, 06 February 2013. EPA/SEB CROZIER

Op-Ed: Getting Beyond Aid in Africa

By OLUSEGUN OBASANJO, GREG MILLS & DICKIE DAVIS
Photo: Women and children take shelter inside a school near an area that was destroyed by the recent floods, on the outskirts of Maputo, Mozambique, 29 January 2013. EPA/ANTONIO SILVA

ISS Today: Natural gas won’t solve Mozambique’s development challenges

By ISS TODAY
Photo: ‘We didn’t think (these serious events) would happen in our lifetime, which is the removal of Robert Mugabe, and his resignation,’ said Tendai Biti at The Gathering. Photo: Daniel Born.

The Gathering (video, session 2): A conversation with Tendai Biti about post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Thomas Thabane, Prime Minister of Lesotho, speaks during the general debate of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 26 September 2013. EPA/STAN HONDA / POOL

Lesotho: Seven-nation SADC force deployed to ‘establish secure, stable environment’ in Mountain Kingdom

By PETER FABRICIUS
Photo: Yemenis inspect the site of a suicide bus bomb targeting the finance ministry in the southern province of Aden, Yemen, 29 November 2017. According to reports, at least four people were killed and several others were injured when a suicide bus bomb exploded near the finance ministry in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. EPA-EFE/STRINGER

ISS Today: Path of insecurity for migrants leaving the Horn

By ISS TODAY
Photo: New interim Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, during his inauguration ceremony at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, 24 November 2017. EPA-EFE/STR

Analysis: Zimbabwe – Mnangagwa’s new male-heavy cabinet – rewarding allegiance above merit

By Sally Nyakanyanga
Photo: President Jacob Zuma receiving His Excellency Tom Thabane of the Kingdom of Lesotho for the 37th South African Development Community (SADC) Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government at the Department of International Relations Co-operation, OR Tambo Building im Pretoria. 19/08/2017 Kopano Tlape GCIS

amaBhungane & Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: How family hijacked (and then lost) a Lesotho diamond mine

By amaBhunghane, MNNCIJ & Scorpio
Photo: Moussa Fakir Mahamat, the President of the African Union Commission, speaks during a news conference after the closing session of the 5th African Union-European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 30 November 2017.  Photo: EPA-EFE/LEGNAN KOULA

AU/EU summit: Auction of migrants in Libya to be probed, planes to be sent to evacuate camp

By PETER FABRICIUS
Archive Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron (L) greets Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera (R), as he arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 25 September 2017. EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON

ISS Today: The world’s most dangerous peacekeeping mission?

By ISS TODAY
Photo: European Union and African Union representatives attend the opening ceremony of the 5th African Union - European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 29 November 2017. EPA-EFE/LEGNAN KOULA

The AU-EU summit: Zuma and Moroccan king hold 'icebreaker' talks

By PETER FABRICIUS
Photo: A handout photo made available by German Government (Bundesregierung) on 29 November 2017 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) talking with Issoufou Mahamadou (2-R) President of Niger, Fayez Al Sarraj (L) Chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council and Denis Sassou Nguesso (R), President of the Republic of the Congo, at the beginning of a meeting on Libya on the sideline of the 5th African Union - European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 29 November 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/GUIDO BERGMANN

The AU-EU summit: Human trafficking at top of the agenda

By PETER FABRICIUS
Photo: Sons of US President Donald J. Trump; Donald Trump Jr. (L) and Eric Trump (R), attend the announcement of Neil Gorsuch, federal judge serving on the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals, as President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 31 January 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Trophy Hunting: US pro-hunting lobby moves to legitimise the ‘sport’ of a wealthy elite

By Don Pinnock
Photo: Zimbabwe's former finance minister Ignatius Chombo arrives at the Harare Magistrates Court in Harare, Zimbabwe, 27 November 2017. Chombo was arrested after the military took power and is facing corruption and abuse of power charges. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

Zimbabwe: The purge of political players begins

By Sally Nyakanyanga
Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron (2-L) and Mohammed VI (C), the King of Morocco speak ahead of a family picture at the 5th African Union-European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 29 November 2017. The summit aims to improve cooperation on issues such as migration and development. EPA-EFE/BALLESTEROS

AU/EU Summit: Joint task force planned to target modern slavery

By PETER FABRICIUS
Photo: Citizens cheer and wave the Zimbabwean national flags as they celebrate during the inauguration ceremony of new interim Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, in Harare, Zimbabwe, 24 November 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/STR

Zimbabwe: Will President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s new cabinet be more representative?

By Sally Nyakanyanga
Photo: A demonstrator for gay marriage tries to stabilise a giant rainbow flag against the wind, during a counter demonstration on the occasion of a conservative demonstration against gay marriages in Berlin, Germany, 15 September 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN

Zimbabwe: Gay community glad to see Mugabe’s back, but fear discrimination will continue

By PUSELETSO NTHATE