Africa Why is Jubaland election so important for east Africa? | Inside Story
A small region in Somalia is at the centre of a growing power struggle in east Africa. The autonomous federal state of Jubaland is fertile and rich in resources but has been unstable for decades. Last month, 26 people died when Al Shabab attacked a hotel in the main city, Kismayo. Jubaland borders Kenya, which has troops there to fight the armed group. Meanwhile, Somalia wants more control over Jubaland. All eyes are on Thursday’s election for a regional president. What are the poll’s implications for security and stability in the Horn of Africa?
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra Guests:
Afyare Elmi – Professor of International Relations at Qatar University
Matt Bryden – Chairman of Sahan Research Institute and Former Coordinator for the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea
Jamal Osman – Award-winning Somali journalist