The restoration of Somalia’s first historic parliament has begun with the cornerstone-ceremony hosted by the Mayor of Mogadishu, Omar Filish. The project is part of the Federal government’s larger Isxilqaan program, a reconstruction movement of Somalia’s most iconic landmarks.
The parliament, from 1956 to 1969, was the seat of the first three governments of the Somali Republic, and due to the peaceful transfer of power between two Somali presidents at a historic election in 1967, its also considered a symbol of African democracy and Somali independence.
During the ceremony, the mayor announced that the restored parliament will be designated a public place of historic importance, where in the future Somalia’s Independence Day celebrations will be held.
The event was attended by the Bondheere District Commissioner and other regional administration officials.