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Can Somalia be saved?

The upbeat new leader of the world's frailest state is banking on his deep connection with the US

By Ismail Einashe   May 2017

An American in Mogadishu: Farmajo's Republican links could help him ©Image via US Mission-Somalia Twitter feed

On 20th February, Stephen Schwartz, the first United States ambassador to Somalia for 25 years, visited the capital Mogadishu to congratulate newly-elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as “Farmajo.” Schwartz (appointed by Barack Obama) presented Farmajo with a gift: a blue-and-white cap with the slogan “Make Somalia Great Again.” When I first saw the photo of their meeting, I assumed it was a spoof from the Onion. Somalia had just been listed as…

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