The speaker of Somali Federal Parliament Mohamed Sheikh Osman (Jawari) has announced that Turkey will rebuild Somalia’s Parliament house in Mogadishu.
In a live interview with state-owned TV, the Speaker uncover plans to rebuild Somalia’s Parliament building, he added that reconstruction will begin on the historic building with a controlled demolition of the building. A temporary parliamentary building will be used for parliamentary functions until the building is complete.
Jawari explained that the initial phase of construction on the seven-storey building is slated for the beginning of next year and will cost $60m. He added that total costs are expected to reach $100m.
Once complete, the speaker boasts that it will have an office for every MP and their staff and will be able to host international delegations and functions. He admitted that the financial details were still being worked out but hinted that the Turkish government may assist in paying for the building.
In a visit to Mogadishu on November 12, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu promised to rebuild the Somali parliament building in the heart of Mogadishu. “The Turkish Government is going to demolish the old building of the parliament and completely rebuild it,” said Mr Davutoglu, amid cheers from Somali legislators.