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Somalia's future: What you need to know

13 April 2012 Last updated at 17:24 BST

Somalia has been described as one the world's most failed states.

Years of fighting between rival warlords, the rise of Islamists, piracy, famine and disease have made it one of the most troubled countries in the world.

However, the Transitional Federal Government is now gaining ground and development and commerce are starting to grow again.

But is talk of a new constitution and eventual elections premature?

BBC Swahili's Kevin Mwachiro explains what has changed in Somalia's political landscape and why the country can no longer be ignored.