Somali president resigns

December 29, 2008

The government recently reached a peace deal with a moderate Islamist group, the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia. But hardline Islamists rejected the deal and have continued taking over towns in the country’s center and south.

Fighting over the last two years, involving Ethiopian-backed government forces and a variety of Islamist groups, has killed thousands of Somalis and displaced at least a million others.

Concerns about the country’s stability have risen as Ethiopia has announced it will soon withdraw its troops from Somalia.