parliament of Somalia, inaugurated here Sunday, is due to
elect its speaker in the coming two or three days.
to start the process for the election of speaker tomorrow,"
Mohamed Abshir Muse, interim speaker of the 245-strong transitional
parliament, told Xinhua here Wednesday.
President Ismael Omar Guelleh and United Nations envoy David
Stephen attended the opening of the transitional national
assembly, the first since president Mohamed Siad Barre was
ousted in 1991.
will also elect state president who will be authorized to
appoint future prime minister. The designated premier will
select members of the cabinet, and then submit the list to
the parliament for approval, Muse said.
3,000 people representing four major clans and many minority
groups in Somalia have been holding the Somali Peace Conference
since May 2 in Arta, some 45 kilometers from the capital of
sponsored by the Djibouti government, was aimed at establishing
a central government to end a decade of anarchy.
of the meeting, including some of so-called warlords, came
from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world.
invited all the warlords in Somalia to attend the meeting,
including Hussein Mohamed Aidid, But Aidid rejected our invitation."
to Muse, former Somali president Ali Mahdi Mohamed, and Hassan
Nour, chief of the Rahanwyn Resistance Army (RRA), attended
the meeting and were elected members of the transitional parliament.
of the participants are satisfied with the process of the
conference so far," Muse said, noting that 99 percent of the
participants are here to vote for the restoration of national
reconciliation and peace.