250 of Somali 275 lawmakers alongside 40 of the 54 senators were sworn into office on Thursday at the heavily fortified African Union military base in the capital Mogadishu.
Their appointment has paved the way for them to pick the country’s new leader, a process that has been delayed for months amid a power struggle between the current president and the prime minister.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s trial to extend his four-year term by two years delayed elections that had been scheduled for a year ago.
If the Horn of Africa country is to continue receiving budget support from the International Monetary Fund, a new government must be in place by May 17. However, a date for selecting a new president is yet to be set.