A total of 329 lawmakers will choose Somalia's next leader from among 36 candidates, including the incumbent president 'Farmajo' and other frontrunners Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
President Uhuru Kenyatta slams ruling by UN's top court that largely went in favour of Somalia and gave Kenya only a small slice of the disputed tract of the sea off the East African coast.
Earlier this month, the lower house of parliament voted to extend President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's four-year term by another two years, sparking Somalia's worst political violence in years.
Gunfire erupted in the Somalian capital Mogadishu as tensions spiked over President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's extended stay in power, after his four-year term expired in February before fresh presidential elections were held.
In Somalia, an electoral impasse raises fears of a full blown conflict.
Months of political tensions over the holding of elections in the fragile Horn of Africa nation have burst into the open, prompting the United Nations to call for "calm and restraint."
Appointments come a day after three people were killed in a suicide attack at near Turkish military base in the capital Mogadishu.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed made the appeal to United Nations Security Council, saying half of his country's people are facing "acute food shortages". At least 260,000 people died in 2011 famine in Somalia.
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, better known in Somalia by his nickname "Farmajo," pledges to cut down on corruption as he takes office.
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