Somali lawmakers in Mogadishu to kick-start relocation

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Plans for relocating the Nairobi-based Somali transitional government got a boost Wednesday with a 30- member delegation of lawmakers travelling to the embattled Somali capital Mogadishu on an assessment mission.
"Some 30 Members of Parliament led by second deputy Speaker Osman Elmi Boqore left Nairobi early this morning for Mogadishu to assess the security situation and prepare for the relocation of the government," said Awad Ashara, a member of parliament.
Somalia has been without a central government since the overthrow of military ruler Mohammed Siad Barre in 1991.
The Horn of Africa nation has since then been divided into fiefdoms by warlords.
The team, which includes former powerful warlord and now commerce minister Muse Sudi Yalahow, is tasked with organising the logistics for installation of the government in Mogadishu.
The transitional federal government, an outcome of some two years of peace talks in neighbouring Kenya, faces insecurity back home due to factional fighting between militias and loyalty to warlords.
The African Union plans to deploy an initial contingent of peacekeepers to the war-ravaged country this month, but the process suffered a hiccup with shooting incidents involving its logistics officers.
The international community has promised to assist the war- ravaged nation once the transitional government stamps its authority inside the country.

02 février 2005 17:38:00

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