• FILE: Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (right), known as Farmajo, speaks during a closing ceremony after reaching an agreement with state leaders over the terms of a new election, at the National Consultative Council on Elections in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 27 May 2021. Picture: Abdirahman Yusuf/AFP

    Somalia extends election deadline to next month

    The fragile Horn of Africa nation has struggled to hold elections, with polls delayed by more than a year, bedevilled by political squabbling and a simmering Islamist insurgency.

  • FILE: Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (right), known as Farmajo, speaks during a closing ceremony after reaching an agreement with state leaders over the terms of a new election, at the National Consultative Council on Elections in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 27 May 2021. Picture: Abdirahman Yusuf/AFP

    IMF says Somalia funding at risk over election delays

    The IMF's programme in Somalia is due for a review in mid-May, but election delays mean that a new administration may not be ready to endorse planned reforms in time, said Laura Jaramillo Mayor, the fund's mission chief for the country.

  • FILE: Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (right), known as Farmajo, speaks during a closing ceremony after reaching an agreement with state leaders over the terms of a new election, at the National Consultative Council on Elections in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 27 May 2021. Picture: Abdirahman Yusuf/AFP

    Somalia's allies alarmed as political crisis deepens

    Soldiers loyal to the premier took up positions near the presidential palace, a day after President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, better known as Farmajo, announced the suspension of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, who accused him of an "attempted coup".

  • FILE: Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (right), known as Farmajo, speaks during a closing ceremony after reaching an agreement with state leaders over the terms of a new election, at the National Consultative Council on Elections in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 27 May 2021. Picture: Abdirahman Yusuf/AFP

    Somalia postpones long-delayed election

    The delay was due to the fact that federal regions were neither able to submit candidates' lists in time, nor to form local committees to cast the ballots, the source added.

  • FILE: More than one million voters were registered for the parliamentary and council elections in the breakaway northwestern region, which declared independence from Somalia 30 years ago but has never achieved international recognition. Picture: AFP.

    Somaliland votes in long overdue elections

    President Muse Bihi Abdi and the leaders of Somaliland's two opposition parties had earlier called for an orderly vote as they cast their ballots in the capital Hargeisa.