Is Somalia democratic?

Yes, but it has been a very difficult road to reach that point. For the past twenty years, there have been as many as seventeen attempts to form a government, but instead there was civil war and sectarian violence. And even when it seemed a government might be formed and might be able to hold elections, an ongoing campaign of violence and destabilization by a militant Islamic group called El Shabab made it difficult to have a true democracy.

Currently, Somalia is making a sincere effort to be a parliamentary democracy, led by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed. Because Somalia has shown great progress, the US government formally recognized the Somali government in January 2013. But it remains to be seen whether the Somali leaders will be able to prevent a return to sectarian violence or whether militant groups like El Shabab can be contained and marginalized.


Yes, but it has been a very difficult road to reach that point. For the past twenty years, there have been as many as seventeen attempts to form a government, but instead there was civil war and sectarian violence. And even when it seemed a government might be formed and might be able to hold elections, an ongoing campaign of violence and destabilization by a militant Islamic group called El Shabab made it difficult to have a true democracy.

Currently, Somalia is making a sincere effort to be a parliamentary democracy, led by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed. Because Somalia has shown great progress, the US government formally recognized the Somali government in January 2013. But it remains to be seen whether the Somali leaders will be able to prevent a return to sectarian violence or whether militant groups like El Shabab can be contained and marginalized.