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Somalia’s Abrupt UN Mission Exit: A Risky Gamble for Stability

Isaias Afwerki shaking hands of Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud credited (Villa Somalia)

Garowe, (IDNE, Editorial) Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud’s recent decision to implement the second step from Isaias Afwerki’s advice list has sent shockwaves through Somalia and the international community alike.

This move, which follows the controversial amendment of Somalia’s constitution without adequate stakeholder consultation, now sees the directive for the entire United Nations Mission Assistance (UNSOM) to exit Somalia within a mere four months, catching many off guard.

The suddenness of this request raises serious questions about the practicality and consequences of hastily ending a 32-year mission with deep-rooted operations across Somalia.

While the Somali Federal Government may have its reasons, the lack of prior notification and consultation with key stakeholders only adds to the uncertainty surrounding this decision.

Furthermore, the timing couldn’t be more precarious, as the impending departure of a 17-year African Union mission from Somalia within five months compounds the challenges.

With both major international peacekeeping forces on the verge of withdrawal and no clear replacement plan in sight, Somalia’s future hangs in the balance.

This abrupt shift in policy direction begs the question: what comes next for Somalia?

The ramifications of these decisions extend far beyond the realm of security, touching upon governance, stability, and the country’s trajectory towards sustainable development.

As Somalia stands at a critical juncture in its history, the international community must closely monitor the situation and work together to support a smooth transition while ensuring that gains made in the past decades are not lost.