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Friday, January 6, 2017

Somali President opens first senate session in Mogadishu

President Hassan Shaikh Mahmoud has officially opened the senate session on Thursday for the newly inaugurated Upper House chamber of Federal Parliament




However, the session has begun despite senators hailing from Somaliland community are yet to be elected due to recurrent delays to the process.
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President Mahmoud along with Turkish Ambassador to Somalia and interim Senate Speaker Mohamed Hussein Raage have cut the ribbon of the provisional Senate headquarters located in Shibis district in Mogadishu.

The facility previously meant to serve as a modern education centre was later decided to become the base of the country’s new Upper House.

Today marked the first session of Upper House chamber since the sworn-in event that took place on December 27 in the capital.

 Speaking to the senate, the interim Speaker of Upper House chamber, Raage has expressed gratitude to the outgoing President and officials from the Turkish embassy for taking part in the event and further commended Turkey’s role in supporting and developing the country.

On his side, Turkish Ambassador Kani Toru has congratulated the newly elected senators and ensured Turkey’s continuous assistance to the country.

President Hassan also praised Turkey for their support and noted the building will be used as temporary headquarters for the senate, as the construction of the new Parliament building will commence soon. Somalia is preparing to hold elections of new Speakers Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament and new Somali president in secret ballots in January 2017. (AMISOM MON.)
Source- Walta Info