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Samantar, Former Somali VP, General, Dies at 85

Somali General Mohamad Ali Samantar, a former prime minister, vice president and one of the country's most visible ex-generals, died Friday in the eastern U.S. state of Virginia. He was 85. General Mohamed Ali Sharman, a retired senior Somali military commander and Samantar colleague, told VOA Somali that Samantar had been sick for months and died at a hospital. Sharman had once described the late general as one of the principal architects of the once-powerful Somali National...

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