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Somali Leaders Try to Resolve Differences, Restore Government


Talks between Somalia's political leaders continue in Yemen, as the country's president and parliament speaker try to settle differences over the transitional government.

The talks between President Abdullahi Yusuf and parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan are focused on where to establish the central government, and setting its priorities.

The leaders reportedly reached a tentative deal Tuesday to move the government to the official capital of Mogadishu, but no final agreement has been signed.

The president has been operating from the town of Jowhar, saying Mogadishu is unsafe.

But the speaker, who is backed by warlords and members of parliament, says Somalia's transitional charter designates Mogadishu as the capital.

The split has raised fears of new conflict in Somalia, which has been without a functioning central government since the overthrow of President Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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