Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud said the African Union plans to open an office in the capital, Mogadishu, where security has improved since Islamist rebels were driven out by African troops last year.
Somalia swore in a parliament in time for a deadline to transition to a permanent government, while failing to elect a speaker and president to start the 16th attempt at establishing a national authority since 1991.
Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said United Nations agencies based in neighboring Kenya for safety reasons should return to Somalia within three months, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.
At least 13 Somali civilians died and 40 were wounded in fighting between government forces and the Hisbul Islam militia, amid plans by the African Union to deploy 2,000 additional peacekeepers in the war-torn country.
Somalia’s African Union peacekeeping force will be bolstered by an extra 800 troops from Burundi within a “matter of weeks,” according to Ramtane Lamamra , the Commissioner of the African Union Peace and Security Council.