Somalia’s legislators and senators are sworn in
Somalia–On Thursday, Somalia’s new MPs were sworn in at the ‘big tent,’ a spacious lounge within the perimeter of Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport, signaling a crucial step toward the formation of a new government. Over 90% of members of the People’s House (the lower house of parliament with a maximum of 275 MPs) and the Upper House (commonly known as the Senate with 54 seats) are required to take an oath to serve the country.
The People’s House Secretary-General, Abdikarim Buh, declared Wednesday night that the swearing-in event will go forward as planned. A huge group of newcomers and re-elected members arrived at the General Kahiye Police Academy, where they were transported within the airport perimeter by organized buses.
As MPs and Senators prepared to take the oath, Somalia’s Minister of Commerce, Khalif Omar, who was re-elected in Hirshabelle State in Central Somalia, stated his optimism that the 11th parliament will be more dynamic. “This is a historic day,” Buh remarked, adding that the number of MPs and senators sworn in will be announced at the end of the event.