transitional parliament of Somalia, meeting in neighbouring
Djibouti, is voting today to choose a head of state.
which is divided between rival clan-based factions, has not
had a president or a central government since the collapse
of the Siad Barre regime in 1991.
two-hundred delegates attending the parliament are due to
choose between more than twenty presidential candidates. Correspondents
say the delegates are likely to seek a new leader and government
acceptable to the main armed factions.
some key faction leaders have boycotted the peace process
in Djibouti, saying they will not recognize the new government.
president is due to be sworn in on Sunday.