December 30, 2008
Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed resigned as president of Soma
NAIROBI, Kenya: Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, the cantankerous president of beleaguered Somalia, resigned Monday. The question now is, will it make a difference?
Could it be the death knell of Somalia's transitional government, whose zone of control is down to a few city blocks in a country nearly as big as Texas? Or will it be the government's saving grace?
For weeks, Western diplomats, Somali elders and United Nations officials have been crossing their fingers that Yusuf, widely blamed for trying to block a peace deal with Somalia's increasingly powerful Islamist insurgents, would step aside.
Opportunities and risks after Somali president quits