The new parliament will pick its speaker Saturday
The new lawmakers of the Somalia’s parliament are expected to elect their speaker on Saturday in Mogadishu, after they had been inaugurated in the capital last Tuesday.
Several MPs, including former speaker Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari, have announced their candidacy for the leadership of the parliament’s both lower and upper houses , sources said.
Abdirashid Mohamud Hidig, a legislator and a close ally to the outgoing president is among the candidates competing for the seat of the speaker for the parliament which is to be completed.
Somali parliament will elect a president next month, after vote has been delayed for four months due to disputes in the process of the lower house parliamentary elections.