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Presidential Election Will Be Held in Mogadishu by August,

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TEHRAN, March 18 (ICANA) – International observers from the United Nations, African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and other countries and organizations will come to Mogadishu to witness the voting.
Friday, March 18, 2011 9:37:42 PM
Presidential Election Will Be Held in Mogadishu by August,

In August, Somalia’s first presidential election in more than 20 years will be held in Mogadishu, officials from the parliament announced Thursday, AHN reported.

Reciting a statement from the office of parliament Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adam, Awad Ahmed Hasharo, the chairman of Somali parliament’s information committee, said there would be an electoral commission to organize and facilitate presidential election-related issues.

Hasharo indicated that international observers from the United Nations, African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and other countries and organizations will come to Mogadishu to witness the voting.

The statement from the parliament, however, contradicts the Somali prime minister’s most recent speech before the United Nations Security Council in New York, in which he said elections for the parliament speaker and deputies would be held in July and those for president in August.

The MP didn’t specify the dates the presidential election would be held.

"The new government should be given an ample time to continue and maintain the transitional task, including the ratification of the constitution and the establishment of election commission,” the statement from parliament said. “The parliament has managed to modify more about the national constitution of Somalia, to verify and passed out the transitional period.”

The election of parliament speaker will also be held before the month of August, according to the press release.

The parliamentarian told reporters that after consultations and deliberations, the Somali parliament voted to extend its own mandate by three years. The U.N., United States, European Union and African Union have condemned the action.

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