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Djibouti President Appeals for Somali Transitional Assembly Meeting

Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh has urged the Somali National Peace Conference to hold the first sitting of the transitional national assembly (TNA) by this weekend, said reports reaching here on Friday.

The reports quoted Djibouti government officials as saying it is hard to predict the schedule of the proposed TNA meeting.

But meeting organizers said two major clans in Somalia, the Darood and the Hawiye, handed in their nomination lists for the proposed meeting on Monday.

The Darood clan gave 55 percent of its allocated 44 seats to the Harti subclan confederation, the reports said, while among the Harti's quota of 24 seats, the Majertein has received the lion's share with 15 seats.

The Marehan, the clan of former Somali president Mohamed Siad Barre, received nine seats within the Harti confederation, accounting for 21 percent of the distribution.

The Somali National Peace Conference, which has been going on in Djibouti since May, is trying to bring a final peace to the war- torn country.


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