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Somalia reborn

Somalia’s interim parliament has elected Abdullahi Yusuf as president and he has the task of reuniting and rebuilding the country after 13 years of civil war and anarchy. The country has been without a central government since 1991, when it was wracked by civil war with rival factions battling for control of different parts of Somalia. President Yusuf’s first task will be to choose a prime minister, who will in turn name a government. Somalia’s interim parliament has elected Abdullahi Yusuf as president and he has the task of reuniting and rebuilding the country after 13 years of civil war and anarchy. The country has been without a central government since 1991, when it was wracked by civil war with rival factions battling for control of different parts of Somalia. President Yusuf’s first task will be to choose a prime minister, who will in turn name a government.

The new parliament will have 275 members – 61 from each of the four major clans and a coalition of small clans will select the remaining 31.

Each group will decide on how to choose its representatives but they have agreed that traditional elders will have an input – not just the warlords as had been feared. Delegates have also agreed that Somalia will have a federal system, so many powers will be exercised at the level of the clan, which remains extremely important to many Somalis.

The Confederation of Somalis in Minnesota under the leadership of Said Fahia, rallied thousands of people to celebrate this great achievement. The event was held on Thursday, Oct. 14th at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 5:00 pm to 12:00 Midnight. The Somali community was joined by the entire African community, the African American community and Minnesota’s elected officials. “You came to us tempered by war. Tonight I am glad to call you partners in peace,” said Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis.

10/18/2004

October 18, 2004
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