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Somali Leaders Agree on Framework for Elections

Political leaders in Somalia have agreed on a framework for holding elections this year, a move the international community hopes will stabilize the long-troubled country. The framework, announced Thursday after two days of heated talks in Mogadishu, calls for creation of an upper house of parliament, with 54 seats allocated among Somalia's states. The 275 seats in the existing lower house of parliament will be divvied up using the 4.5 formula, a power-sharing system among the...

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