December 30, 2006 |
A day after the fall of Mogadishu, Somalia's transitional prime minister made a symbolic visit Friday to the tense capital, where he was met with a mix of cheers and jeers. In one part of the city, thousands of supporters waved flowers and leaves at his passing convoy; in another, rioters threw stones and burned tires in protest.
October 10, 2007 |
Somalia's prime minister has reached a truce with Mogadishu's dominant clan, some of whose fighters supported Islamist-led insurgents in battles with government troops and Ethiopian forces this year. Hawiye clan elders met Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi amid tight security in the capital, which has been rocked by outbreaks of violence since January, when his soldiers and their Ethiopian allies routed the hard-line Islamic Courts Union group.
August 2, 2006 |
Twelve more ministers resigned from Somalia's fragile Western-backed government, less than a week after 18 senior officials quit. Minister of Minerals and Water Mohamud Salad Nur and the others quit after Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi called for postponement of peace talks with rival Islamists who have seized the capital, Mogadishu. "We believe if the talks are postponed again it will affect the reconciliation efforts," said Hassan Abshir Farah, minister of fisheries and marine resources.
July 31, 2006 |
Somali lawmakers in Baidoa brawled after Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi survived a vote of no confidence that could have ended his government. Police dragged members of parliament apart and escorted Gedi out after opponents fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to censure him. The anti-Gedi faction had argued his removal was necessary to create a government post for new Islamist rulers in Mogadishu, the nominal capital.
July 30, 2006 |
The prime minister accused Libya, Egypt, Iran and Eritrea of fomenting extremism in his country, and said the killers of a Cabinet minister had links with "international terrorists." Ali Mohammed Gedi's comments came after hundreds attended the funeral of Abdallah Deerow Isaaq, who was shot outside a mosque in the latest flare-up of violence in the Horn of Africa nation.
January 8, 2007 |
Gunmen attacked Ethiopian troops in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, residents said, as Somalian and U.S. officials pledged to work together to stabilize the chaotic nation. Attackers opened fire on forces backing the interim government in the second day of violence directed at Ethiopian troops, who helped oust Islamists who had taken the capital. The violence came after Somalian Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi met in Nairobi, Kenya, with Washington's top diplomat for Africa, Jendayi E. Frazer.