Somali spy’s murder could see president ousted


Somali spy’s murder could see president ousted

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has been accused of obstructing a probe into Ikran Tahlil’s disappearance

Simon Marks and Mohammed Omar Ahmed

The killing of a senior Somali spy, who according to Western officials had knowledge of a secretive regional security accord and the formation of a new elite military unit, has cast a shadow over the war-torn nation’s long-delayed elections.

The plebiscite was originally scheduled for February, but was delayed by a dispute over voting modalities and subsequent plans to hold it on Sunday were derailed by administrative glitches. A new date has yet to be set and there are fears militant groups Al-Shabaab and Islamic State could fill a power vacuum should the political process collapse. 

Al-Shabaab, which wants to impose its version of Islamic law, has waged an insurgency in Somalia since 2006 that has spilt over into neighbouring countries and threatened regional stability. The AU has deployed almost 20,000 troops to try to shore up the government and maintain stability, and a failure to hold credible elections will make their task substantially more difficult. ..

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