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UN declares Somalia now recovering nation, not failed state

Published 22/12/2015 | 13:31

Somali police march at the police academy in Mogadishu during celebrations on the 72nd anniversary of the formation of the police force (AP)
Somali police march at the police academy in Mogadishu during celebrations on the 72nd anniversary of the formation of the police force (AP)

The top UN official for war-torn Somalia has said the country is no longer a failed state but is now a recovering fragile nation.

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Nicholas Kay, the outgoing representative for the UN secretary general in Somalia, said the country has stabilised in the last three years - but there is still a lot of work to do.

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

Somalia has been torn by decades of conflict since the 1991 ousting 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.

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