So­mali par­lia­ment mem­bers sworn in over U.N. crit­i­cism

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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.”

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