Somalia: Women fight for parliament seats

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Somalia: Women fight for parliament seats

Women from the civil society and political activists are demanding for their 30 percent quota as the deadline to the formation of a new government draws near.

A new 275 member parliament is set to be formed and concerns are growing among Somali women over the loss of political gains as stipulated in the new draft constitution. In Somalia, parliamentary seats are allocated using clan-based power sharing system, the 4.5 formula, where equal number of seats in parliament goes to each of the four major Somali clans; while a coalition of minority clans receive half that number.

For the first time in the history of Somalia, Somali women have been given a 30% representation in the new government set to be formed after 20th of August that is to mark the end of an eight year old Transitional federal government.

Read the complete story at Press TV, published 13 August 2012.