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Somalia PM: 'We will get our country back'


The Somalian prime minister has said that he expects a "Marshall Plan" to be put into place for Somalia ahead of an international conference in London to discuss the current political, humanitarian and security situation in the troubled African country.

Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali is in London for the conference where representatives of the UN, France, UK and US will join leaders and senior ministers from Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia.

It comes after Foreign Secretary William Hague made a brief visit to Mogadishu at the start of the month but Al-Shabaab, Somalia's Islamist insurgency, controls most of the rural south of the country, while pirates and criminal gangs continue to hijack ships and kidnap Westerners.

Abdiweli Mohamed Ali told the Today programme's Evan Davis that after 20 years of lawlessness, violence and chaos, Somali's have had enough and that Somalia is now at a crossroads in "moving into an era of peace, stability and normalcy".

He went on to say that although the constitutional framework of the country had collapsed they are rebuilding it and "are getting back to having a credible monetary policy".

"Somalis are hopeful and expect a lot from this conference", he said.

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