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Villa Somalia Renovations gets much needed facelift

Villa Somalia Renovations gets much needed facelift

July 05
11:46 2014


The building by the name of “Villa Somalia,” one of the characteristic monuments in the capital city of Somalia, was refurbished with new electrical and plumbing facilities, had several spaces recast and the furniture restored.

Although the Villa Somalia and General Services Administration officials responsible for the project’s multiple phases have not publicly discussed its details, many observers have made educated guesses that the deep pit, now covered over by asphalt, encloses a security structure butted against.

In regard to the practical application of the country’s new constitution it was clear that the most suitable residence for the President was in the former palace. Complete repairs were made at speed, the furnishings and art collections were supplemented.  work left all the rooms ready for use again. Since then, both everyday and ceremonial life move in an already established rhythm in the notable house.

It contains the Office of the President of the Republic and the premises used by the President for official functions and receptions. These include the annual Independence Day reception and various other high-level festive functions, in addition to meetings and consultations.
This was the first renovation of the presidential palace since it was opened in 1960. The conference room where the president receives foreign visitors was transferred from the side to the front of the building, and had bullet-proof glasses.
Home of the President of Somalia, and present location of the government of Somalia. The heavily guarded complex is home to the president, prime minister, speaker of parliament, other ministers and a mosque

Villa Somalia sits on high ground that overlooks Mogadishu on the Indian Ocean, with access to both the harbor and airport. It was originally a large, squarish stucco building with a tiled roof.

The edifice was built by the colonial authorities in Italian Somaliland, serving as a residence for the Governors. Following independence in 1960, the building became the presidential palace of the President of the nascent Somali Republic.

After the start of the civil war and the overthrow of the Siad Barre administration in the early 1990s, various local faction leaders fought for control of and installed themselves in the residence. On 8 January 2007, Transitional Federal Government President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed entered Mogadishu for the first time since being elected to office.

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