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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Somali parliament to mark fresh start

Thu, 26 Feb 2009 19:25:46 GMT | PressTV

President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed may order the new parliament to be formed in the capital, Mogadishu.
Somali lawmakers return to the country from Djibouti with many hopes pinned on the statesmen to move along a trouble-free political course.

Over the last two days, the bulk of the 550-member parliament have arrived in the capital Mogadishu after the make-up of the body was determined during UN-sponsored talks in Djibouti, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The talks also saw former opposition chief Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed appointed as the new president of Somalia.

The lawmakers are part of the National Unity Government that will replace the moribund Transitional Federal Government.

In a move seen as an attempt by Sharif to avoid the mistakes of the TFG, the new president has allowed the opposition to have a considerable say in the new government. The opposition accused the former leadership of the country of being loyal to the West.

As part of an armed campaign against the TFG, opposition fighters recently captured the city of Baidoa, which is the seat of the parliament.

The arrival of the lawmakers is said to be in line with plans to relocate the new government to Mogadishu in efforts to establish stability in the Horn of Africa.

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