Somalia's transition comes to an end

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An eight-year political transition is scheduled to end in Somalia on Monday as the selection began for members of parliament to be sworn in later in the day.

There are reports of heavy security with troops and police officers patrolling the streets of the capital Mogadishu where members of parliament gathered before being sworn in.

The top United Nations envoy in Somalia, Dr. Augustine Mahiga has described the 20th of August as a watershed between transition and transformation.

"By transformation I mean stabilization of the country, stabilization of the country, new plan, new ideology, new institutions and a direction towards greater democracy in Somalia. The politics of transition will give way to the politics of greater inclusiveness that transcend clan and regional loyalties into political parties, a new parliament and eventually direct elections for both local and central governments."

Duration: 29"

Somalia has not had stable state institutions since the collapse of the government of Mohammed Siad Barre in 1991.

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