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UN declares Somalia now recovering nation, not failed state

The top UN official for war-torn Somalia has said the country is no longer a failed state but is now a recovering fragile nation.

Nicholas Kay, the outgoing representative for the UN secretary general in Somalia, said the country has stabilised in the last three years - but there is still a lot of work to do.

Mr Kay said Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab will not succeed in undermining the progress being made but the prospect of al-Shabab elements pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group is a real concern.

Somalia has been torn by decades of conflict since the 1991 ousting of long-time dictator Siad Barre. Somalia had transitional administrations since 2004 but until the 2012 election of president Hassan Sheik Mohammud, it had not had a functioning central government since 1991.

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