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Somalia swears in lawmakers, paving way for presidential vote

Somalia swears in lawmakers, paving way for presidential vote

ABDI SHEIKH HUNDREDS of Somali lawmakers were sworn into office, paving the way for them to pick the country's new leader, a process that has been delayed for months amid a power struggle between the current president and the prime minister. Elections had been scheduled for a year ago but were delayed when President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed tried to extend his four-year term by two years, a move thwarted by parliament. On Thursday 250 of the 275 parliamentarians took their oaths of office alongside 40 of the 54 senators at the heavily fortified African Union military base in the capital…
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Agreement paves way for elections

Agreement paves way for elections

ABDI SHEIKH SOMALIA’S political leaders have reached an agreement that will pave the way for elections, its foreign affairs minister has announced, ending months of deadlock that at times turned violent. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's term expired in February, but wrangling over elections meant a new group of lawmakers was not selected in December to choose a new president. To resolve the deadlock, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble met with the presidents of five regions to address their concerns over the election's conduct. "We have now reached an agreement that will lead Somalia to free and fair elections. Going forward…
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Somalia’s president signs law extending his term, 15 killed in attack

Somalia’s president signs law extending his term, 15 killed in attack

SOMALIA’S president has signed a disputed law extending his mandate for two years, the state news agency reported, setting the Horn of Africa nation on a collision course with donors who strongly oppose the move. Somalia, with only limited central government since 1991, is trying to rebuild with international help but the path back to stability has been obstructed by a political crisis caused by a failure to hold elections that were due in February. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's four-year term expired in February and his successor was meant to be chosen by a new crop of legislators. Uncertainty deepened…
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