Ethiopia completes Somali pullout

Ethiopia completes the withdrawal of its troops from Somalia.

    Ethiopian forces have pulled out of the capial, Mogadishu and other areas of Somalia [Al Jazeera]

    Some observers fear the power vacuum could herald more fighting while others say it will provide the nation of nine million people an opportunity for peace and usher in a new era for the country.

    Power vacuum

    Somalia has not had an effective national government since 1991 [AFP]
    Ethiopians were ordered to force opposition fighters out of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, at the request of Somalia's UN-backed government in 2006.

    But the troops faced several attacks by al-Shabab, the former military wing of the deposed Islamic Courts Union (ICU) that ruled Somalia before the Ethiopian-led invasion in 2007.

    Power-sharing talks have been continuing in Djibouti between the government and other groups including the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS).

    They are trying to agree on the formation of an expanded parliament - from 275 seats to 550 - to include the opposition, and how to select a new president.

    Somali legislators are expected to elect a new president on Monday following the resignation last month of Abdullahi Yusuf as president.

    Somalia has not had an effective national government since 1991.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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