Politics

Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud speaks during a Reuters interview in Mogadishu

Return of the Sheiks: What next for Somalia and the United Arab Emirates?

Somalia's President Hassan Sheik Mohamud return to office after five years out of power has shaken up Somali politics and geopolitics of the ... Horn. But, Hassan is not the only one making a return to Mogadishu. After withdrawing aid and military cooperation in 2018, the United Arab Emirates’s (UAE) Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ) – backed by Saudi Arabia – has slowly been mending ties with Mogadishu. What will this mean for Somalia? And what are the implications for the Horn?

Group of young men who say they are victims of police injustices in Korogocho slums in Nairobi, Kenya, September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Monicah Mwangi

Kenya: How will the low number of young voters play out in August?

Although 22.1 million voters are registered for Kenya’s general polls in August, up from 19.6 million five years ago, only 39.84% of those ... voters are young people, says Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The polls body blames the low figures on economic hardships and corruption in the country that has discouraged the youth from engaging in the electoral process.