September 19, 2006 |
The transitional president of Somalia narrowly escaped assassination Monday when a car bomb exploded as he left a converted grain silo that serves as the nation's makeshift parliament. President Abdullahi Yusuf was unharmed. However, eight other people, including his brother and several security guards, were killed by the blast in Baidoa, the nation's provisional capital.
December 25, 2008 |
Somalia's aging president is expected to resign in the coming days, aides said Wednesday, succumbing to threats of impeachment and international sanctions over his refusal to support a national reconciliation plan. Abdullahi Yusuf, a warlord-turned-statesman, was once widely viewed as the linchpin of Somalia's transitional government. But in recent months, Yusuf, 74, has repeatedly clashed with the prime minister and has come to be regarded as an obstacle to peace.
January 3, 2009 |
Hundreds of Ethiopian soldiers were pulling out of the Somali capital Friday, witnesses said, amid fears that the troops' departure would allow Islamic insurgents to take control of more of the lawless country. Ethiopia has been propping up Somalia's weak government for two years but had vowed to leave by the end of 2008. Officials declined to give a date, saying only that the thousands of troops would be pulled out in stages.
October 15, 2004 |
A former army officer, rebel and warlord was sworn in as the new president of Somalia in an attempt to unite the nation under a central government. Abdullahi Yusuf took the oath of office from the speaker of the new parliament, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden. The heads of government from Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti and Yemen attended the ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, and voiced their support for the new president.
June 13, 2008 |
Islamic insurgents fired mortar rounds at the main airport in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, as the president was preparing to fly out, an official said. Nobody was hurt in the attack, said the president's spokesman, Hussein Mohamed Mohamud. President Abdullahi Yusuf was at the airport but had not yet boarded his plane when the mortar shells landed, Mohamud said. He flew to Ethiopia later in the day. Yusuf escaped unharmed last week after a similar attack.
January 21, 2009 |
Former Somalia President Abdullahi Yusuf arrived in Sana, Yemen, on a private jet and sought political asylum, officials said. The 75-year-old former warlord resigned in December after a series of public quarrels with his prime minister. An aide said it was possible that Yusuf could return to Somalia or move to a third country, such as the United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia.