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    Speakers of the House of Commons will be elected next week.

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    Mogadishu, – On Monday, the two houses of the Somali parliament convened in Mogadishu and agreed on a schedule for the election of house speakers.

    The committees in charge of electing House Speakers have proposed that the speaker of the Upper House be elected on April 26 and the speaker of the Lower House be elected on April 27.

    On Tuesday, candidates will be able to register for the election.

    The joint assembly also approved changes to the fees for candidates seeking senior leadership positions.

    Candidates for speaker of both chambers will now be charged $ 20,000, with deputies charged $ 15,000 each. Previously, candidates for speaker and deputy speaker were charged $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.

    Candidates seeking the presidency will now pay a $40,000 registration fee, up from $30,000 in the 2016-2017 electoral period.

    No date has been set for the presidential election so far.

    ‎190 MPs voted in favour of amendments, while one MP refused and six MPs abstained from voting.

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