September 9th, 2012
05:11 AM ET

Somalia to pick president, set up first stable central govt. in 21 years

Somali lawmakers are scheduled to choose the next president Monday, moving the nation a step closer to its first stable central government since the 1991 ouster of a dictator.

The new parliament, which was selected last month, will hold a ballot to choose the president from about two dozen candidates.

In a letter to lawmakers, the United Nations called for a credible leader who can propel the African nation toward peace.

"After two decades of civil war, a collapsed state and innumerable indignities to the proud Somali people, we are hours away from the election of a new president," said Augustine P. Mahiga, the U.N. envoy to the nation.

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  1. Kenney

    That one is being moderated to ? Ok

    September 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. little mister©

    Hi to all of my friends. I am so happy to be part of your community.

    September 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Banasy:
    Your name is highlighted in blue all the way down the thread. Nobody elses is. Just wondered why?

    September 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ...banasy is a closet smurf

      September 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You're in blue, also, RR; are you one, too?

      September 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ....as long as i'm wearing my honorary socks...you're the real mccoy...if i take them off...

      September 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ....see, i'm black like everybody else...sooo

      September 9, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ...i try to keep the honorary socks on...

      September 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That made me laugh, Rascal Rabble...thanks!
      My feet get cold, so I guess I'll keep 'em on...

      September 10, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Honorary socks...lol...

      September 10, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    test test
    banasy

    September 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. @Jeff Frank

    Admit it you are a troll and jacker.

    September 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    I'm in the realm of the troll?

    September 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @Jeff:
      Yes, you were jacked.
      They have since been deleted.
      My name appears in blue because I'm on my mobile, and the mobile version on CNN uses a certain program with my phone supports; I can't turn it on or off.

      September 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      that's because you really are smurf ...go ahead and admit it...this is a SAFE place...

      September 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Maybe my phone is a smurfette, lol...

      September 10, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. dazzle ©

    Surprise Surprise (dripping with sarcasm)

    September 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Dripping with sarcasm? Need a washcloth?

    September 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    banasy say I was jacked. Reminds me of Waffle House. I want my hashbrowns stacked, capped, smothered, and covered.

    September 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      I see that you are still being jacked. Are hashbrowns going to replace the pepperoni pizza jackings?

      September 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Oh my, what I have started. I could do a Texas cheesesteak sandwich and double hashbrowns and a cup of black coffee.

    September 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Really and truthfully, since I don't eat pork, I will not miss pepperoni.

    September 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      I don't eat pork, veal, or lamb so that's a no for me.

      September 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    We have something in common then. I make an exception to the pepperoni with (turkey pepperoni) for pizza.

    September 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    I might come back later. I have to go back to work now.

    September 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Yawn.
    Not me.

    September 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BOMBO ©

    Well good luck Somalia. I am not hopeful.

    September 10, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
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