Inauguration of Somalia’s First Parliament in Two Decades
Members of Somalia’s first parliament in twenty years were sworn in at an open-air ceremony at Mogadishu International Airport. Some 215 of the total number of 275 Members of Parliament were sworn in at the ceremony. Elected by a Technical Selection Committee and Somalia’s Traditional Elders, the parliamentarians are scheduled to begin work on 21 August to elect a Speaker, Deputy Speaker and President for the New Federal Republic of Somalia.
Augustine Mahiga (centre), Special Representative of the UN Secretay General and head of the UN Political Office in Somalia (UNPOS), greets a Somali official, ahead of the swearing-in ceremony for Members of the New Federal Parliament of Somalia.