Hassan Sheikh torn between Cairo and Addis Ababa
The Somali president's inner circle is torn on where to stand with the two rival Nile powers, Ethiopia and Egypt. With Sheikh expected to attend the coming Arab League summit, pressure is mounting.
The South African diplomat Fink Haysom was declared persona non grata in Somalia by the former president Farmajo in 2019. Some regional officials have now apologised to him, in an apparent ploy to undermine South West state president Abdiaziz Laftagareen.
On 25 May, Somalia's recently appointed prime minister Hamza Abdi Barre was given a ten-day reprieve by parliament to form a government. He has very limited room for manoeuvre as he tries to honour campaign promises while at the same juggling the demands of competing clans.