Few Voters in Somalia Election

Saturday, 18 August 2012 09:21 AM

MOGAIDHU, Somalia -- Somali leaders are on the verge of naming a new parliament that is supposed to elect a new president.

Monday marks the end of eight years of rule by a U.N.-backed leadership structure known as the Transitional Federal Government. Somali leaders this weekend are finalizing the names on a new, 275-member parliament, whose members will then vote for president.

Behind-the-scenes bribes and intimidation appear to have marred the selection of the parliament. The U.N. has warned repeatedly of "spoilers" in the political process.

Many of the candidates for president -- including the current president and prime minister -- already serve in a government that has been hammered by corruption allegations.

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