MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
States special forces on Tuesday conducted an airstrike in
Somalia against Al-Shabaab, killing more than 100 militants, the
U.S. military said.
The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said in a statement the
operation occurred about 200 km northwest of the capital,
"In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S.
forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia against an Al-Shabaab
camp on Tuesday at approximately 10:30 a.m. local Somalia time,
killing more than 100 militants," Africom said in a statement.
Africom vowed the U.S. forces will continue to use all
authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to
disable terrorist threats by partnering with African Union and
Somalia security forces targeting the terrorists’ hideouts.
"Our political and security goals in Somalia are the same: a
reconstituted Somali state at peace internally and able to
address all threats within its territory," the U.S. military
The latest drone strike comes after Somalia and the African
Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces have stepped up a
massive security operation to flush out Al-Shabaab militants in
the southern region.
The pan-African body plans to reduce its troops by 1,000 by
December this year, followed by further cuts next year, an
exercise expected to end by 2020 as part of its exit strategy.
Somaliland elects ruling party candidate Abdi as fifth
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somaliland’s ruling party
candidate Muse Bihi Abdi was on Tuesday declared the winner of
the Nov. 13 presidential elections, defeating two other
opposition candidates in the polls organized in all the six
Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (NEC)
Abdukadir Iman Warsame said Abdi garnered 350,909 votes or 55.1
percent of the total votes cast, ahead of his challengers -
Abdirahman Mohamed Abdulahi Irro of Wadani Party who got 226,099
or 40.73 percent and Faysal Ali Warabe of Justice and
Development Party (UCID) party received 23,141 votes or 4.1
"The winner of the presidential elections is Muse Bihi Abdi
from the Kulmiye party and Abdirahman Abdulahi is his deputy
from the same party," Warsameh told a news conference in
Abdi becomes the fifth president of the breakaway region of
Somalia. Warsame said the Nov. 13 polls saw 80 percent turnout,
noting that 556,617 voters cast their vote out of the registered
The announcement comes after the opposition candidate, Irro
had on Monday said he would not recognize the results, citing
massive electoral irregularities including stuffing of ballot
and intimidation of party officials.
"We will not accept the election result, because it was not
free and fair election, rigging of votes took place, and
corruption also happened. Some of our observers were arrested,
killed or injured.
Even young children under the age of 15
voted, but we call for calm and peace to our supporters," said Irro.
Abdi, a former military commander and leader of the ruling
Kulmire party was born in Hargeisa in 1948.
This was the third presidential election happens in the
breakaway region of Somaliland, it declared independence from
the rest of Somalia in 1991, but did not get any recognition so
Both UCID and Kulmiye competed in the 2003 and 2010
presidential elections, but this is the first election for the
Wadani Party, which secured the right to field a candidate based
on its performance in the 2012 local elections.
The current president, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud who has been in
office since 2010, did not defend his seat. Mohamud’s term ended
in 2015 but his stay in office was occasioned by election delays
due to lack of funds and political rifts among the leaders.
Abdi will now inherit a fragile economy which is heavily
dependent on livestock exports and remittances.
Somalia leader commends peaceful elections in Somaliland
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has congratulated Muse Bihi Abdi on his
election as a president of the republic of Somaliland.
In a statement issued in Mogadishu on Tuesday evening,
Farmajo praised the peaceful elections conducted in Somaliland,
saying the Nov. 13 presidential polls enhanced reputation and
honor to Somali people in general.
"I am thanking all parties and candidates who competed in the
"I was closely watching registration procedure, election
campaign and vote casting that showed civilization and
patience," Farmajo said.
Farmajo pledged to continue talks between Somalia and the
"To the elected president Muse Bihi Abdi, I am promising that
I will work with you on speeding up talks between the Federal
Government of Somalia and Somaliland to restore the confidence
of people," Farmajo said.
His message comes hours after National Electoral Commission
(NEC) declared Abdi as the winner of the Somaliland presidential
election conducted on Nov. 13.
Abdi garnered some 350,909 votes or 55.1 percent of the total
African Union Mission trains Somali security forces on gender issues
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The African Union Mission in
Somalia on Wednesday kicked off a two-day training of 32 Somali
security forces to enable them support the integration of gender
issues in their places of work.
Francisco Madeira, the Special Representative of the
Chairperson of the AU Commission for Somalia, said the training
will align the security forces to the global and regional
frameworks, established by the AU and the United Nations.
Madeira said the UN Security Council has extended the new
mandate for AMISOM, placing focus on upholding accountability,
accountable security forces that comply with international
obligations, particularly International Humanitarian Law and
International Human Rights Law.
"Protection of women and gender equality is paramount,"
Madeira told the 32 security officers drawn from the government
and federal member states, according to a statement issued in
He said the training which will be rolled out in the federal
member states, is part of AMISOM’s gender capacity building
project for the Somali security sector.
Olad Abdullahi Roobe, Somalia’s Deputy Minister of Defence,
stressed the importance of providing equitable opportunities to
women, especially in decision making positions.