Somalia's transitional government plunged deeper into turmoil on Dec. 16 when the country's president defied Parliament by appointing a new prime minister and the Kenyan government reacted by threatening sanctions. The president, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, a former warlord who is losing credibility among diplomats and foreign officials, tried to unseat the prime minister on Sunday. Parliament overwhelmingly rebuffed him. So on Tuesday, Yusuf announced that he had unilaterally selected another prime minister, who would be in charge of forming a new government, which Yusuf would swear in. (NY Times)

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