sponsored convention took place in Garowe town, the capital of the
semiautonomous state of Puntland, 1000 km northeast of Mogadishu.
meeting brought together Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed
and Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, as well as representatives of
the breakaway Puntland region, the central Galmudug region and the
pro-government militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa.
that was discussed at length was good governance, with all the parties
proposing a parliamentary reform before August 2012.
According to the new roadmap which is also known as Garowe Principle,
Somali Parliament will be composed of 225 legislators instead of the
They will be selected based on clans with bigger ones getting major slots.
the TFG was established following two years (2002-2004) of
reconciliation talks in Kenyan capital Nairobi, 275 individuals were
selected as MPs.
However, the number was doubled at the end of another reconciliation conference in Djibouti in 2008.
The next Parliament which will have a Chamber of Elders (an
equivalent of Senate) will remain functional for 4 years based on the
prospective that the country will reach "one person, one vote" by 2016.
political wrangles and a bloody insurgency by a radical Islamist group,
Al-Shabaab have undermined Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government
(TFG) which has been unable to carry reconcile the country and organise
Meanwhile, Somalia’s minister for Internal
Affair and National Security Abdisamad Moalim Mohamoud told Shabelle, an
independent broadcaster in Mogadishu, on Sunday that the government was
aware of air raids taking place in Southern parts of the country. He
was reacting to reports that Kenyan military planes were frequently
bombing towns and settlements in Jubaland and Gedo region.
The minister added the TFG was in continuous contacts with its Kenyan counterpart on military operations.
must be aware that the Kenyan and Somali governments reached an
understanding on information exchange on operations against Al-Shabaab
in October,” he said.
Responding to reports that the
airstrikes affected innocent civilians, the TFG official said that his
government would make the necessary enquiry into incidents involving