Mukhtar Robow - Somalia Politics Headline Today

Stunned, Somalia’s federal government is in an awkward spot. If Mukhtar Robow’s campaign for a regional presidency goes forward, observers say the man who once praised Osama bin Laden and tried to impose an Islamic state has a good chance at winning next month’s election.

“The Robow case is really jeopardizing any chance of another al-Shabab leader to consider defecting to the government side,” said Sheikh-Ali, who advocates dialogue with the extremist group. “Somalia needs peace.”Continue reading