Civil war reignites Somali-Afar tensions
As Afar forces battle with Tigray Defense Forces in the region's north-west, Somali-Issa and Afar communities have begun fighting in the south-east.
President Ismail Omar Guelleh is due to be sworn in on 15 May for a fifth term in office after the constitutional court validates the results of the election held on 9 April. We understand that IOG will shortly thereafter reshuffle some of the lesser seats in his cabinet.
In gifting two military vessels to Djibouti and developing its own naval base there, China is consolidating its influence on the Horn but the US has no intention of being left behind. Djibouti for its part is developing its own projects with Damen Shipyards.