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Local businessman vying to lead Somalia

Abdurahman Ali Osman, a longtime St. Paul resident who emigrated from Somalia, has announced his interest in being appointed prime minister of his homeland. Outgoing PM Ali Mohamed Gedi resigned late last month amid long-simmering tensions with the country's president.

Given the strife and general lawlessness that has marred Somalia since civil war broke out in 1991, it's an unenviable job.

Incidentally, if you're interested in stories along these lines, Mshale, a locally-based African diaspora newspaper, is a good source.