Kenya has imposed sanctions against Somalia’s president, accusing him of being “an obstacle to peace.” The move came after President Abdullahi Yusuf named a new prime minister in defiance of parliament’s wishes. MPs overwhelmingly voted that the dismissal of Nur Hassan Hussein was illegal, but Mohamed Mahamud Guled has still been appointed to replace him. President Yusuf and Nur had clashed in recent months over attempts to deal with the Islamist-led armed opposition. Kenya’s Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula said the Somali president would be subject to a travel ban and an assets freeze. (BBC)

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