Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 January 2009

Somalia / Presidential election will take place tomorrow in Djibouti





Somalia / Presidential election will take place tomorrow in Djibouti


DJIBOUTI, Djibouti, January 30, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general



Somalia’s presidential election will take place tomorrow in Djibouti.  Several candidates, including prominent members of both the Transitional Federal Government and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia, will vie for the post.  That’s according to Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Political Office in Somalia (UNPOS).  He said that the Somali leadership and the international community are working to ensure that the vote is transparent and fair.


Once sworn in some 24 hours after the election, the new Somali President will head to Addis Ababa for the African Union Summit, after which he will appoint a new Prime Minister and Cabinet.


And yesterday, some 150 new members of the Transitional Federal Parliament were sworn in at a ceremony in Djibouti, where reconciliation talks are ongoing between the Government and the opposition.


SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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