Farmaajo courting civil war in Somalia and baiting Kenya

What you need to know:

  • Villa Somalia’s war against Jubaland and other regional states is a worrying case of misplaced priorities.

  • It diverts vital resources from the fight against al-Shabab, Somalia’s third, and necessary, war.

  • Somalia must fix its attention on defeating the al-Shabaab and on development to drain the swamps of violent extremism.

The strategic partnership between President Abdullahi Farmaajo and Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre that has held Somalia together since 2018 has done its course. Somalia is headed for a historic election in 2020/2021. As the electoral fever kicks in, Somalia reflects two diametrically opposed electoral strategies. Somalia is waging “three wars”.

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