Villa Somalia

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Villa Somalia (Madaxtooyada Soomaaliya, فيلا الصومال) is a building in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.wikipedia
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Mogadishu

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Villa Somalia (Madaxtooyada Soomaaliya, فيلا الصومال) is a building in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
Villa Somalia is the official residential palace and principal workplace of the President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

Official residence

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It serves as the official residential palace and principal workplace of the President of Somalia.
* Villa Somalia (President)

Somalia

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Villa Somalia (Madaxtooyada Soomaaliya, فيلا الصومال) is a building in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
The government then relocated to Villa Somalia in the capital from its interim location in Baidoa.

Presidential palace

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It serves as the official residential palace and principal workplace of the President of Somalia.

Somali Civil War

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After the start of the civil war and the overthrow of the Siad Barre administration in the early 1990s, various local faction leaders fought for control of and installed themselves in the residence.
It established a "small triangle of protection" around Mogadishu's airport, seaport, and the Villa Somalia, and began to adopt a low-key negotiating profile with key actors.

Transitional federal government, Republic of Somalia

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On 8 January 2007, Transitional Federal Government President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed entered Mogadishu for the first time since being elected to office.
In addition, Mogadishu is the location of the presidential palace, Villa Somalia, where the President resides.

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

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Today, it is the office of the President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.
On 1 November 2010, Mohamed was sworn into office at a ceremony held in the presidential residence, Villa Somalia.

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed

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On 8 January 2007, Transitional Federal Government President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed entered Mogadishu for the first time since being elected to office.
It was announced that the government would relocate to Villa Somalia in the capital from its interim location in Baidoa.

List of presidents of Somalia

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It serves as the official residential palace and principal workplace of the President of Somalia.

Art Deco

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The edifice was built—in partially modern art deco style—by the colonial authorities in Italian Somaliland, serving as a residence for the Governors.

Italian Somaliland

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The edifice was built—in partially modern art deco style—by the colonial authorities in Italian Somaliland, serving as a residence for the Governors.

Mogadishu under Italian rule

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Villa Somalia (originally called Villa del Vicere' when inaugurated in October 1936) was on high ground that overlooked Italian Mogadishu on the Indian Ocean, with access to both the harbour and Petrella airport.

Indian Ocean

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Villa Somalia (originally called Villa del Vicere' when inaugurated in October 1936) was on high ground that overlooked Italian Mogadishu on the Indian Ocean, with access to both the harbour and Petrella airport.

Port of Mogadishu

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Villa Somalia (originally called Villa del Vicere' when inaugurated in October 1936) was on high ground that overlooked Italian Mogadishu on the Indian Ocean, with access to both the harbour and Petrella airport.

Aden Adde International Airport

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Villa Somalia (originally called Villa del Vicere' when inaugurated in October 1936) was on high ground that overlooked Italian Mogadishu on the Indian Ocean, with access to both the harbour and Petrella airport.

Stucco

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It was originally a large, squarish stucco building with a tiled roof.

Somali Republic

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Following independence in 1960, the building became the presidential palace of the President of the Somali Republic.

Siad Barre

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After the start of the civil war and the overthrow of the Siad Barre administration in the early 1990s, various local faction leaders fought for control of and installed themselves in the residence.

Baidoa

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The government subsequently relocated to Villa Somalia from its interim location at Baidoa.

Robert Young Pelton

Pelton has been present at conflicts such as the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi in Afghanistan, the Battle of Grozny (1999-2000) in Chechnya, the rebel campaign to take Monrovia in Liberia, and the siege on Villa Somalia in Mogadishu, and has been with ground forces in about 40 other conflicts.

Battle of Mogadishu (2010–11)

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After that fighting continued and the next day when several al-Shabaab militants, disguised as government workers, launched an attack at the Muna Hotel, a hotel known for hosting many Somali government officials and politicians, the hotel was located a kilometre away from the presidential palace Villa Somalia.

2007 in Somalia

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It was announced the government would be relocated to Villa Somalia, in Mogadishu, from its interim location at Baidoa.