Former al Shabaab group co-founder and spokesperson Mukhtar Robow sits among colleagues after he was named as the minister in charge of religion by Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre in Mogadishu, Somalia August 2, 2022. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
Can an ex-al-Shabab deputy-turned-Somali official open space for talks?

Easing of international sanctions paved the way for this former militant’s appointment, providing a model for locally-led peace efforts.