The tenth Parliament of Somalia was inaugurated in a ceremony today that saw 283 members of parliament (MPs) take their oaths of office.
Members of Somalia’s Upper House today elected Abdi Hashi Abdullahi as their new speaker during a voting exercise held in the Somali capital.
The veteran politician defeated his rival Mustaf Mohamed Qodah by receiving 43 of the 52 ballots cast in the first round of voting.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has launched a US$864 million humanitarian response plan for 2017 that will target an estimated 3.9 million Somalis in need of emergency food assistance.
The Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia Peter de Clercq heard first-hand accounts of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South West state today during an assessment tour of the administrative capital of Baidoa.