MOGADISHU(Sh.M.Network)—Somalia’s newly appointed federal parliament is voting on Monday for president, a historic step towards the ending of 20-years of cycles of bloody conflict in the country, after former president Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted in 1991.
The presidential election ofSomaliahas been delayed for several times in the past—having already missed an August 20 deadline, the final stage of UN backed road-map process. The vote is the first to take place inSomaliain more than two decades.
Somali security forces, backing by the African Union peacekeeping (AMISOM) soldiers were put on high alert, tightening the overall security ofMogadishudue to the election.
The 275-Members of theSomalia’s federal parliament are scheduled on Monday to vote for a post-transitional president by secret ballot at police academy (Iskuul Buliziya) inMogadishu’s Hamar-jajab district under heavy Somali and AU forces protection.
24 presidential hopefuls are vying for the powerful position, including the incumbent president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, as well as prominent Somalis who have recently returned from overseas.
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