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Somalia to have new Constitution
Sunday, April 29, 2012
For the first time in twenty years, Somalia is on the verge of having a new constitution.
Among the major aspects that are to be addressed in the Roadmap signed by Somali leaders last September in Mogadishu are, creation of a national security and stabilization plan, obtaining a new constitution, political outreach and reconciliation and good governance. All this are to be implemented before the end of the transition period in August 2012.
An independent committee was tasked with drafting the constitution and has been meeting in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. The team is set to meet local elders from all the regions of Somalia in the capital Mogadishu in May for the adoption of the draft document.
The process of drafting the new constitution, which is conducted by both the United Nations and the constitution committee, has raised eyebrows among politicians and religious groups in Somalia.
Lawmakers are also angry at the Somali Transitional Federal Government and are accusing the President and Prime Minister of undermining the Somali parliament. Omar Dalha, former deputy parliament speaker and a member of parliament, said the Somali leaders should respect the parliament, which elected and approved both the president and speaker.
Officials sat the new constitution will grant more powers to civilians and allow the establishment of regional states, like Puntland, based on Islamic principles. Lawmakers are warning Somali leaders to respect the comments of Muslim clerics during adoption of the draft document to avoid possible differences.
Somali al-Shabaab fighters have warned of the adoption of the draft constitution ahead of a major conference that will bring together elders in Mogadishu in May.
The Somali public is of the view that getting a new constitution will solve many standing issues but currently the constitution delivery task has proved more complicated than it was expected, with lawmakers and Muslim clerics opposing its adoption.
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