A legislation has been passed by Somalia’s lower house of parliament that gives women 30% of seats in both parliamentary chambers.

Overtime, women have been complaining of under-representation in the country’s politics. However, some male aspirants who were hoping to win a seat in upcoming elections have rejected the new legislation, stating that people should have the right to choose whatever candidate they want.

The lower house has a total of 274 seats while the upper house has 54 seats. 

Police have disclosed that at least six people have been confirmed dead and others injured after a minibus hit a landmine near Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

Local media revealed that the passengers who were on their way to a funeral were mostly from the same family.

At the time of reporting, no group has claimed it was behind the blast.

Although, militant Islamist group al-Shabab are said to usually plant landmines along key roads.

“So far we know the blast killed six people and injured others. The death toll may rise,” police officer Farah Hassan told reporters.