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A Last Chance to End Somalia’s Dangerous Election Impasse

Clashes in Mogadishu following the expiry of the president’s term highlight the risks of the standoff between the federal government and the opposition over electoral preparations.

To avert a further breakdown, the African Union and UN should quickly step in to mediate.

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The political crisis brewing in Somalia for the past year has tipped into deadly violence – and worse could be coming if parties cannot find a consensual path forward to elections.

On 19 February, clashes between the security forces and opposition supporters killed at least eight in the capital Mogadishu.

The opposition plans…

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