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US judge replaces Somalia’s Abdulqawi as ICJ president

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Judge Joan E. Donoghue of the US has been elected as the President of the International Court of Justice, replacing Somali Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf Ahmed whose term came to an end.

Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf has been a member of the Court since February 6, 2009; was elected President on February 6, 2018.

He became the Vice-President of the Court from February 6, 2015, to February 5, 2018, when he was elected as the President of the Court for a term of three years.

Donoghue was elected during the elections are held in New York in the annual autumn session of the General Assembly.

She has been a member of the Court since September 9, 2010, and was re-elected on February 6, 2015.

During the election, Kirill Gevorgian (Russia) was elected as the Vice-President. He has been a member of the Court since February 6, 2015.

Following the changes, the case Court is expected to hear the maritime case between Somalia and Kenya on March 15-19, 2021.

In May 2020, the court postponed the week beginning Monday, March 15, 2021, the oral proceedings in the case concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v Kenya).

The case had earlier been scheduled to open on Monday, June 8, 2020.

The decision was reached after considering the views and arguments of both parties, following Kenya’s request for a postponement of the oral proceedings in the case owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On August 28, 2014, Somalia filed an application instituting proceeding against Kenya with regard to a dispute concerning the delimitation of maritime spaces, claimed by both governments in the Indian Ocean.

In its application, Somalia contended that the parties “disagreed about the location of the maritime boundary in the area where their maritime entitlements overlapped and that diplomatic negotiations had failed to resolve the stalemate.

Somalia requested the court to determine, on the basis of international law, the complete course of the single maritime boundary dividing all the maritime areas appertaining to Somalia and to Kenya in the Indian Ocean.

On October 7, 2015, Kenya raised certain preliminary objections to the jurisdiction of the court and the admissibility of the application.

The court had postponed the Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean between Somalia and Kenya to September 2020.

The decision follows a request by Kenya to push the case initially scheduled for next month to September 2020.

It was the second time that Kenya was granted a postponement request with the hearing having been pushed from October to November.

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Puntland forces block delegation waiting to receive Planning Minister Jamal Hassan in Garowe

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Puntland security forces reportedly under instructions from State President Abdullahi Deni barred a delegation which was to received Federal Planning Minister Jamal Hassan at Garowe Airport Thursday morning.

The minister who was on his way to his constituency in Dhahar, Sanaag region arrived at the airport but without a receiving delegation after his team on the ground was blocked from accessing the airport, sources at the airport said.

After he left the airport, sources said, a confrontation arose between his security team from Dhahar and Puntland forces. The team from Dhahar had come to pick him.

The government forces had reportedly attempted to bar him from leaving for Dhahar but he finally managed to leave.

Jamal, a close ally of President Mohamed Farmaajo does not see eye to eye with Deni whom sources said has attempted to derail his re-election.

Jamal will be seeking to be re-elected by his sub-clan in Dhahar in the upcoming Lower House elections.

Source: Hiiraan and Agencies

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Farmajo names committee of inquiry to investigate disappearance of former spy Ikran Tahlil

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Somali president Mohamed Farmajo has appointing a five-member committee to investigate the disappearance of former spy agent Ikran Tahlil.

“I hereby appoint a five-Member Commission of inquiry Chaired by the Attorney-General and deputized by Head of Military Court to expedite investigations on the case of IKRAN TAHLIL and to hand over the findings and evidence to responsible legal institutions for the execution of Justice.”

In the presidential decree, Farmajo appointed the Attorney-General to lead the fact-finding mission. The Armed Forces Court Attorney General is also a member of the committee. The three committee members will be nominated later by the Somali Police Force Commander, the Commander of the Somali National Army and Col. Yasin Abdulahi Mohamud, his new appointee Director-General of the National Intelligence and Security Agency.

The statement added that Ikran’s case was a “sensitive one that needs a thorough investigation.”

Farmajo instructed the commission to submit its investigative reports to the relevant authorities, although there will undoubtedly be demands to make the findings of any report public. There will also likely be apprehension to Somalia’s intelligence agency being a part of the investigation. Many lawmakers have called on an independent inquiry into Ikran’s murder.

Farmajo declared that the decree came into effect immediately after he signed it.

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Qorqor and Laftagareen try to bring Farmajo and Roble together

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The presidents of Galmudug, Ahmed Abdi Karie Qoor Qoor his South West State counterpart and Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed Laftagareen have taken the role of mediators to find a solution the wrangle between President Mohamed Farmajo and his Prime Minister Mohamed Roble.

The two  met with Farmajo and Roble separately, and urged both parties to refrain from further action that would escalate the tense situation.

Reports indicate that the president and the prime minister have accepted the mediation, although each has developed conditions attached to the talks.

Prime Minister Roble insisted that Commander Bashir Goobe was the commander of NISA, and President Farmajo emphasized that the steps taken by the Prime Minister were invalid.

The meeting is expected to continue on Friday. The two presidents are hopeful that the two top officials will finally be reconciled so that their differences do not affect the election process.

The intervention comes amidst heightened political tensions between Farmajo and Roble which could threaten the fragile security of the Horn of Africa nation.

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