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Probable leadership change and Somali military disunity derails security transition from regional African Union force in 2018

22 December 2017


The leader of Somalia’s opposition Wadajir party, Abdirahman Abdikashur Warsame, had been detained by “government militia forces” on allegations of receiving bribes from unspecified foreign countries, local media reported on 18 December.

The attorney-general stated the same day that several other legislators had also received bribes, including former prime minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke (2014–17). The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) yesterday (21 December) dropped all charges against Warsame and admitted FGS security forces were responsible for the arrest.

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