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Somalia Transitional Government Announces Plans to Move Back to Mogadishu


Somalia's transitional government has announced plans to begin relocating to the capital Mogadishu from Kenya February 21.

The government has been operating from Kenya since its formation last year, fearing continued instability in Somalia.

Officials met Tuesday with clan leaders in Mogadishu who promised to hand over the city's port and former government buildings.

Somalia's Prime Minister Mohammed Ali Gedi said today how quickly the relocation takes place depends on the support the new government receives from donor nations. The government is seeking about $77 million to fund its transition.

Tuesday, the African Union authorized the deployment of east African troops to help the new government relocate.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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