Zürcher Nachrichten - Spat over AU envoy drives new wedge between Somalia's leaders

EUR -
AED 3.987216
AFN 76.828736
ALL 100.672482
AMD 421.61557
ANG 1.95687
AOA 947.286867
ARS 1006.830354
AUD 1.643746
AWG 1.953983
AZN 1.849317
BAM 1.958572
BBD 2.192403
BDT 127.580565
BGN 1.955563
BHD 0.409144
BIF 3127.926967
BMD 1.085546
BND 1.460066
BOB 7.502618
BRL 6.090241
BSD 1.085837
BTN 90.889336
BWP 14.732851
BYN 3.553429
BYR 21276.709006
BZD 2.188698
CAD 1.497419
CDF 3110.090711
CHF 0.959759
CLF 0.037274
CLP 1028.449366
CNY 7.885081
CNH 7.886809
COP 4377.346359
CRC 575.61467
CUC 1.085546
CUP 28.766979
CVE 110.42128
CZK 25.413733
DJF 193.353654
DKK 7.462605
DOP 64.280977
DZD 146.212634
EGP 52.497891
ERN 16.283196
ETB 62.764731
FJD 2.442804
FKP 0.836479
GBP 0.840218
GEL 2.947289
GGP 0.836479
GHS 16.829819
GIP 0.836479
GMD 73.54564
GNF 9357.243342
GTQ 8.424924
GYD 227.171517
HKD 8.477146
HNL 26.889056
HRK 7.498901
HTG 143.322845
HUF 393.521254
IDR 17608.322131
ILS 3.961935
IMP 0.836479
INR 90.867937
IQD 1422.413147
IRR 45706.93012
ISK 149.698961
JEP 0.836479
JMD 169.930503
JOD 0.769325
JPY 166.54345
KES 144.377532
KGS 91.432643
KHR 4459.31128
KMF 492.566586
KPW 976.99212
KRW 1498.195011
KWD 0.331775
KYD 0.904881
KZT 514.628355
LAK 24067.062203
LBP 97234.416234
LKR 329.606493
LRD 211.729662
LSL 19.878935
LTL 3.205336
LVL 0.656636
LYD 5.247427
MAD 10.735494
MDL 19.311331
MGA 4933.983085
MKD 61.707335
MMK 3525.812291
MNT 3745.135379
MOP 8.734362
MRU 42.975824
MUR 50.727492
MVR 16.673894
MWK 1882.764684
MXN 19.947989
MYR 5.072213
MZN 69.366404
NAD 19.878935
NGN 1727.918556
NIO 39.966565
NOK 11.960062
NPR 145.422817
NZD 1.825536
OMR 0.417873
PAB 1.085837
PEN 4.080776
PGK 4.197941
PHP 63.538148
PKR 302.398586
PLN 4.295206
PYG 8223.638947
QAR 3.961306
RON 4.970497
RSD 117.066414
RUB 93.569109
RWF 1426.118391
SAR 4.072254
SBD 9.201032
SCR 14.773244
SDG 636.130319
SEK 11.679182
SGD 1.456499
SHP 0.836479
SLE 24.801807
SLL 22763.368749
SOS 620.578307
SRD 31.645871
STD 22468.618312
SVC 9.500446
SYP 2727.468242
SZL 19.874128
THB 39.059007
TJS 11.563866
TMT 3.810268
TND 3.372473
TOP 2.579909
TRY 35.657594
TTD 7.380446
TWD 35.495522
TZS 2923.200566
UAH 44.779477
UGX 4038.71601
USD 1.085546
UYU 43.581681
UZS 13664.339191
VEF 3932448.782374
VES 39.635285
VND 27529.456143
VUV 128.878278
WST 3.043447
XAF 656.886694
XAG 0.036972
XAU 0.000447
XCD 2.933744
XDR 0.818959
XOF 656.886694
XPF 119.331742
YER 271.766681
ZAR 19.857851
ZMK 9771.225722
ZMW 28.285032
ZWL 349.545491
  • RBGPF

    1.3500

    58.25

    +2.32%

  • RYCEF

    -0.2300

    5.69

    -4.04%

  • CMSC

    0.0000

    24.1

    0%

  • NGG

    0.6940

    62.734

    +1.11%

  • BCC

    -0.4350

    133.715

    -0.33%

  • SCS

    -0.4600

    13.64

    -3.37%

  • BCE

    0.1800

    33.07

    +0.54%

  • CMSD

    -0.2250

    24.19

    -0.93%

  • RIO

    0.3000

    63.83

    +0.47%

  • GSK

    0.3950

    39.235

    +1.01%

  • JRI

    -0.0800

    12.49

    -0.64%

  • VOD

    0.0050

    9.085

    +0.06%

  • RELX

    -0.0850

    45.265

    -0.19%

  • AZN

    0.3500

    79.52

    +0.44%

  • BTI

    0.0450

    33.395

    +0.13%

  • BP

    -0.0850

    34.865

    -0.24%

Spat over AU envoy drives new wedge between Somalia's leaders
Spat over AU envoy drives new wedge between Somalia's leaders

Spat over AU envoy drives new wedge between Somalia's leaders

Somalia's feuding leaders were locked in a fresh dispute Thursday after the prime minister ordered the expulsion of the African Union's envoy -- a move rejected by the president as "illegal".

Text size:

A power struggle between the two men has hobbled elections and prolonged a political crisis in a country reliant on foreign aid to deal with drought and a violent Islamist insurgency.

The latest bustup erupted when Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble declared AU envoy Francisco Madeira persona non grata "for engaging in acts that are incompatible with his status as representative of the African Union Commission".

In a statement, Roble's office ordered the Mozambican diplomat -- who has been the top AU diplomat in Somalia since 2015 and is in charge of the body's peacekeeping operations there -- to leave the country within 48 hours, but did not elaborate on the reasons.

But the office of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said it had instructed the foreign ministry to apologise to the AU over the "illegitimate and reckless decision from an unauthorised office."

"The presidency disowns and nullifies the illegal action that threatens our relations with the global international community," it said.

It is not clear who holds sway over the role of the AU representative in the country.

But the presidency said Mohamed, better known by his nickname Farmajo, was the "guardian of the sovereignty" of the state and that it was his role to accept the diplomatic credentials of all foreign envoys.

Farmajo's term expired in February 2021 before fresh elections were held and efforts to remain in power by decree were fiercely opposed and triggered armed clashes in the capital Mogadishu.

To avert a crisis, and under pressure from the international community, he appointed Roble to negotiate a way towards concluding elections in a timely manner.

But the pair squabbled over authority, often embroiling in public quarrels over hirings and firings in the upper ranks of government.

The election has lurched from one crisis to the next, and deadlines have passed unmet.

- Deadly distraction -

Upper house elections concluded in late 2021 and at last count, 247 of 275 seats in the lower chamber of parliament have been decided by clan representatives who choose candidates under Somalia's indirect voting system.

Once sworn in, both houses elect a new president.

But the process is more than a year behind schedule and faces major obstacles in some states. Some results have been cancelled, and others dogged by claims of irregularities and interference.

Meanwhile, millions require urgent humanitarian aid as the Horn of Africa nation reels from one of the worst droughts in decades.

Al-Shabaab, a militant group bent on overthrowing the fragile central government, remains a persistent and deadly threat, and has targeted the election process with violence.

In March, twin bombings killed 48 people in central Somalia, including two lawmakers running for re-election.

Last week, the UN Security Council voted unanimously for a new peacekeeping force to replace the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) that has been fighting the jihadists for 15 years.

The tortured election process has tested Somalia's weary foreign backers, including its biggest donor the United States, which has imposed travel sanctions over the delays.

Observers say the distractions -- including this latest feud over the AU envoy -- distracts from bigger challenges facing the troubled country.

"It shows that the government is in effect still starkly divided, and that lack of consensus complicates moving forward on anything really, elections included," said Omar Mahmood, an analyst at the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank.

W.Odermatt--NZN