Somali parliament members sworn in over U.N. criticism
MOGADISHU | Somalia’s chief justice swore in 243 new members of parliament Tuesday amid criticism from the international community over irregularities in their elections.
The lawmakers are to select the Horn of Africa country’s president on a date to be set later. The presidential selection had been scheduled for Wednesday, but officials announced Monday that it would be delayed for a fourth time.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia called on Tuesday for a redo of the legislative balloting that began in October. It said there were a number of “egregious cases of abuse of the electoral process, including seats reserved for women candidates only that were ultimately taken by male candidates.”