Somalia at a turning point but full elections remain out of reach

Since being elected Somali president, Hassan Mohamud has managed one of the most difficult political jobs in Africa (source: dpa)
Since being elected Somali president, Hassan Mohamud has managed one of the most difficult political jobs in Africa (source: dpa)

Following the collapse of the Somali state in 1991, it has taken the country more than 20 years to return to a semblance of order and function as a normal society. However, due to ongoing political rifts, institutional weakness and security issues, it may not be possible to hold the full elections scheduled for 2016, writes GIS guest expert.

<i>The collapse of the Somali state in 1991 gave place to a decade of brutal civil war between clans and warlords. It was followed by a conflict between a fragile transitional regime and the Islamic Courts Union, a group of Sharia courts that united themselves to form a rival administration. Since 2012, with the establishment of a federal go...

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