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.
Somali political leaders agreed on a draft constitution as a step toward elections to be held in less than two months to replace a transitional government, said Augustine Mahiga, the United Nations’ representative to the country.
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.
The United Nations is set to establish a political presence in Somalia for the first time in 17 years, aimed at creating a new constitution and government, the world body’s top envoy to the African nation said.
The United Nations called on Somalia’s transitional government to hold presidential elections before its term was scheduled to expire in August. The government extended its mandate by a year last month.