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UN official says transition in Somalia is slow

Sunday, August 26, 2012

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The U.N. representative to Somalia said he is ‘‘deeply concerned by the ongoing delays’’ in choosing all the 275 members of parliament who will select a new Somali president.

Somali elders must select the legislators ahead of the planned election on Aug. 28 of a speaker and a deputy, said the U.N. Special Representative Augustine Mahiga on Saturday.

On August 20, 215 lawmakers were sworn in. It also was the day a new president was to be elected, but those hopes were dashed by political bickering and threats of violence. Somalia has not had a stable government since 1991.

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