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UN official: Somalia is no longer a failed state

23 December 2015, 10:11

Addis Ababa - The top UN official for war-torn Somalia says the country is no longer a failed state but a recovering fragile country.

Nicholas Kay, the outgoing representative for the UN Secretary General in Somalia, says in the last three years the country has stabilised, but there is still a lot of work to do.

Kay said Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab will not succeed in undermining the progress being made, but the prospect of al-Shabaab elements pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group is a real concern.

Somalia has been torn by decades of conflict since the 1991 ouster of long-time dictator Siad Barre. Somalia had transitional administrations since 2004, but until the 2012 election of President Hassan Sheik Mohammud, it had not had a functioning central government since 1991.

- AP


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