The new president is a dual citizen. Of the 275 members of the Somali parliament, 22 are Somali-Americans and 29 are British Somalis. The prime minister is a dual Somali-Norwegian citizen.
Because of tensions over River Nile, the speed with which Cairo has moved to embrace the new Somali president is bound to increase Ethiopia’s anxieties at the growing Arab influence in the country.
Africa’s rising middle class has not changed the texture of societies much, or shifted the political debate. Instead, in many countries the quality of public discourse has declined shamefully.