of the newly-created transitional parliament of Somalia are
now embarking upon the process of choosing a president and
a vice-president, having elected a speaker for their assembly.
can agree from among more than forty candidates, their country
could have its first head of state-designate for almost a
decade. However, the embryo parliament, sitting at Arta in
Djibouti, still has to overcome hostility or indifference
from several of the armed factions which have dominated Somalia
since the fall of Siyad Barre in 1991.
for Speaker took place late on Sunday night, and resulted
in the appointment of Abdallah Deerow Issaq, from the Dighl-Mirifleh
say that, as the result of a tacit agreement between parliamentarians,
the posts of interim president and vice-president are likely
to be given to members of Somalia's other main groups, the
Darod and Hawiye.