Speaker of the Upper House elected Sunday in Mogadishu.


Somalia’s Upper house members today elected a speaker for the country’s new senators, a key step toward the country’s upcoming presidential election.

The election has been delayed several times amid allegations of fraud and intimidation. No official date for the vote has been set.

Sunday’s vote by 54 senators saw Abdi Hashi Abdi a veteran politician win as Senate speaker. This house is new to Somalia.

This Horn of Africa nation is trying to rebuild after decades of chaos. The country is riven by clan rivalries and threatened by al-Shabab Islamic extremists opposed to Western-style democracy.

The election delays have worried the international community.