members of the Somali transitional parliament were debating
national issues under the canvas of a tent in neighboring
Djibouti, ordinary Somalis on the dusty streets of Mogadishu
expressed hope and jubilation that at last they had a parliament,
albeit in exile.
and radio coverage made by the Djibouti government for the
announcement of the parliament on Sunday has immediately touched
every part of the Somali society in one way or the other and
most of the people celebrated for the inauguration of the
parliament by offering free meals to their fellow friends.
them are longing to see the fruits of the efforts made by
the Djibouti government and how the new legislators who just
started debating over their bylaws will tackle Somalia's multiple
the sound of heavy machine guns blast reverberating around
their city reminded them that the armed militia of the faction
leaders still loomed large.
awkward that guns are still to be tested whether they are
good to kill after ten years they reigned the country through
chaos," said Abdisalan Abdulle Mohamed, a whole salesman of
imported cloths in Bakara market.
economical front, the value of the U.S. dollar has plunged
down to 8800 shillings on Monday, loosing more than 1000 shillings
in one day, the sharpest downfall ever since the United Nations
forces abandoned Somalia in early 1995.