12 March 2009

Somalia: Parliament Meets in Mogadishu

Somalia — Somali parliament has met in Mogadishu for the fist time on Thursday since the parliamentarians relocated from Djibouti to Mogadishu.

The speaker of the parliament, Sheik Adan Mohamed Nur (Madobe) said the agenda of the meeting was to see each other and swear some new members from the Alliance of the Re-liberation of the Somalia (ARS) and the civil society groups.

Ten legislators have been sworn in.

He said that the parliament did not pass any proposal to vote, but he added that they will discuss any proposals in the next meeting which is due to be held in Mogadishu on 16 March 2009.

Two hundred and ninety eight lawmakers attended Thursday's meeting and the security of the temporary centre of the parliament has been tightened by government security forces.

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