MP absenteeism forces Speaker to cancel parliamentary session for second time in two weeks

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The Speaker of the Somali Parliament, Sheikh Adan Mohamed Nur (Adan Madobe), has strongly condemned the attendance of fewer than 70 lawmakers in Sunday’s session.

The Speaker of Parliament said there would be an immediate change in how Parliament works while blasting “lazy” MPs who would rather “sleep at home than fulfill their national duty.”

Speaker Aden Madobe said Parliament would finalize the rules of procedure tomorrow, adding that lawmakers must attend parliamentary sessions.

Lawmakers were supposed to gather in Parliament to have the first reading of Somalia’s 2022 Federal Budget.

‎It is the second time Parliament has not fulfilled its constitutional obligations in two weeks due to a lack of quorum.

On June 2, a mere 70 MPs showed up to work at Villa Hargeisa. That meeting was postponed to Sunday, which was ultimately cancelled again.

Somalia requires at least two-thirds of its members – or 184 MPS – to be present before Parliament can take legislative action.

Somalia’s Lower House of Parliament last convened on May 15 to elect the nation’s president after a protracted electoral process.

High MP absenteeism has been a problem for Somalia’s federal Parliament. Between 2012 and 2016, the worst offenders attended only 20% of parliamentary sessions on average. HOL has not yet obtained data to analyze Somalia’s 10th Parliament’s attendance record.‎

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