The rift between the two top officeholders in Somalia, and the subsequent removal of Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon 'Saa'id', has dealt a serious blow to the credibility of the Federal Government of Somalia and disoriented it from the urgent task of state-building. Another phase of infighting could lead to the collapse of this government.
On 16 September 2013, Brussels is hosting the New Deal for Somalia Conference sponsored by the European Union (EU). Somalia will likely be the same on 17 September, the day after the New Deal Compact for Somalia is endorsed.
The crisis in Kismaayo has the potential to undermine the government. It also threatens to bring the fragile nation back to the brink of civil war. Compromise is the only way out.