MOGADISHU, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Transitional Somali government and a
main opposition faction, the Alliance for the Reliberation of Somalia (ARS) have
finalized a power-sharing deal during talks in Djibouti, reports reaching here
The two sides have agreed to double the membership of the existing
275-member Somali national parliament, Abdurrahman Abdishakur Warsame, head of
the opposition delegation told local reporters by phone from Djibouti.
Sources close to the talks say that 200 of the new members will come from
the ARS while the remaining 75 will be selected from the members of the Somali
civil society, the Diaspora, and independent Somali politicians.
The latest deal is part of a series of pacts signed between Somali
government and the opposition ARS, led by the moderate Islamist leader, Sheik
Sharif Sheik Ahmed.
According to the agreement, to be signed in a ceremony later today, the new
parliament will elect a speaker and a President who will in turn nominate a new
Prime Minster, Warsame said.
An international Justice and Reconciliation Committee, to investigate the
war crime committed during the two-decade long Somali civil war, will also be
The process is expected to be finalized within a month from the signing of
the deal in Djibouti.