parliament is due to sit for the first time in almost a decade
this weekend after delegates at peace talks here settled the
thorny issue of how to allocate seats, it was announced Tuesday.
of clans taking part in the conference, who have been given
quotas in the transitional assembly, have until Thursday to
hand in their lists of nominees, said Hassan Abshir, the co-chairman
of the conference.
was meant to have been completed by July 21, but was delayed
by protracted horse-trading among the sub-clans of each major
group given quotas last month.
said the parliament would hold a plenary session on Sunday.
Since the 1991 fall of president Mohamed Siad Barre, Somalia
has lacked a national infrastructure and has instead by ruled
seats, the size of the assembly is larger than originally
envisaged, because conference organiser President Ismael Omar
Guelleh of Djibouti will appoint 20 deputies. Delegates, who
have been meeting here since early May, agreed this was the
best way to allow influencial people left out of the selection
process to be included in the assembly, thereby speeding up
the nomination process.