n Journal of Somali Studies : Research on Somalia and the Greater Horn of African Countries - The end of transition in Somalia and the role of the technical selection experience

Volume 2, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 2056-5674
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5682


In 2012, Somalia went through yet another state-building exercise when a new 275-member federal parliament elected Hassan Shekh Mohamud as president on September 16, 2012. This process was different from earlier ones in two important aspects: 1) it was the first time an entire government had been created inside Somalia since the 1960s, and 2) it ended the transitional governments that had existed since the beginning of the conflict in 1991. In order to make the process transparent, the UN and Somali politicians created a Technical Selection Committee (TSC) tasked with the responsibility of vetting the nominees to the parliament. The committee was given a very short period of time to complete its task with not much facilitation, funding, or direction. Despite these obstacles, the TSC completed the building of the current parliament on time. The purpose of this article is to examine the role and the difficulties that the Somali Technical Selection Committee (TSC) in overseeing and monitoring the 2012 Somali presidential election, and the international community's failure to provide adequate support, both financially and by failing to contribute expertise that could have established strong institutions capable of bringing stability and legitimacy to the nascent state.

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