There was a time when Somalia was different…
Democracy is also a deeply rooted Somali political principle which, I suspect, continues much as usual in the more remote parts of the nomadic interior. How long it will be before it reasserts itself in the central political life of the state remains to be seen.
We are still waiting.
For an account of the politics of the Siad Barre coup of 1969 check out Lewis (1972)