Somali leaders adopt draft constitution

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    gulfnews : Somali leaders adopt draft constitution

    Nairobi: Somalia’s leaders said on Friday they had adopted a draft constitution, billed as the key to lifting the Horn of Africa nation out of two decades of instability and civil war.

    The draft law must first be approved by a constituent assembly whose members will be designated next month and then, at a date still to be determined, put to a nationwide referendum.

    “This is the most critical step because it ushers in the major step to end transition,” UN Special Representative for Somalia Augustine Mahiga told reporters in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

    The adoption of the text came at the end of three days of meetings between Somali President Sharif Shaikh Ahmad, Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammad Ali and the speaker of parliament, Sharif Hassan Shaikh Adan.

    Also there were the leaders of the self-proclaimed autonomous republics of Puntland and Galmudug, and the head of the Sufi movement Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa.

    Somalia’s transitional institutions, including the presidency and the parliament, were set up in 2004 but must be replaced by permanent institutions by August 20.

    Somali elders will designate the members of a constituent assembly, which is supposed to convene for the first time around July 12, as well as the members of the new parliament.

    The members of parliament are to choose a new president by August 20.

    Somalia’s Al Qaida-linked Al Shabab rebels have been forced to abandon their positions in the capital in recent months by an African Union force fighting together with the fledgling Somali army and troops sent by Kenya and Ethiopia.

    The military operations have also wrested back control of many of Al Shabab’s bastions in southern and central Somalia.

    Somalia has been without a stable central government since the ouster of former president Siad Barre in 1991.

    Prime Minister Ali highlighted the degree of autonomy for Somalia’s different regions and states provided for in the draft constitution.

    “These states play an important role within the Federal Republic of Somalia. The constitution caters for already existing states within Somalia and those that will emerge in future,” he said.

    Somaliland, which unilaterally announced in 1991 it was breaking away from the rest of Somalia, did not take part in the talks on the constitution.

    Ethiopia said Friday it intends to keep its troops in Somalia until the new institutions are in place.

    “There is no current plan to evacuate from Somalia, until such time that a proper Somali constitution is ratified... [and] a new democratic and constitutional government will be ensured, Ethiopian forces will remain there,” government spokesperson Shimeles Kemal told reporters.

    “The peacekeeping force shall remain there until the transitional government ends and the succeeding government... will be able to fully manage and control the stability and peace in Somalia,” he added.
     
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    Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo attends passing out ceremony

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    By Hassan Istiila

    MOGADISHU, Somalia
    Somali President H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo Friday attended th the first batch of national army troops who received training from Turkey’s military academy in the capital Mogadishu.

    Farmajo thanked the Turkish government for its support in enhancing and rebuilding the Somali National Army.

    “We have a lot of gratitude for your appreciated support to us, and our foreign policy is based on cooperation which is open to everyone,” the president said.

    He called on the cadets to use what they have learned during their training in the country’s fight against terrorism, namely against the al-Shabaab terror group.

    Al-Shabaab has publicly boasted of its alliance with al-Qaeda and has been fighting Somalia's internationally recognized government for control of the country since the militant group was ousted from Mogadishu in 2011 by African Union-led forces.

    MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - DECEMBER 23: Somalian Chief of Defense Forces Abdiweli Jama Gorod (R) are seen during the first graduation ceremony of Turkish military training academy in Mogadishu,

    Somalia on December 23, 2017. ( Sadak Mohamed - Anadolu Agency )
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    MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - DECEMBER 23: Somalian Chief of Defense Forces Abdiweli Jama Gorod (R) are seen during the first graduation ceremony of Turkish military training academy in Mogadishu, Somalia on December 23, 2017. ( Sadak Mohamed - Anadolu Agency )

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    MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - DECEMBER 23: Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as President Farmajo (L), Somalian Chief of Defense Forces Abdiweli Jama Gorod (R) are seen during the first graduation ceremony of Turkish military training academy in Mogadishu, Somalia on December 23, 2017. ( Sadak Mohamed - Anadolu Agency )

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    MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - DECEMBER 23: Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as President Farmajo (C), Somalian Chief of Defense Forces Abdiweli Jama Gorod (R) and Turkish military training academy President Yasin Kalin (3rd R) are seen during the first graduation ceremony of Turkish military training academy in Mogadishu, Somalia on December 23, 2017. ( Sadak Mohamed - Anadolu Agency )


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    MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - DECEMBER 23: Newly graduated Somalian soldiers attend their graduation ceremony after receiving training period from Turkish military training academy in Mogadishu, Somalia on December 23, 2017. ( Sadak Mohamed - Anadolu Agency )


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    MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - DECEMBER 23: Newly graduated Somalian soldiers attend their graduation ceremony after receiving training period from Turkish military training academy in Mogadishu, Somalia on December 23, 2017. ( Sadak Mohamed - Anadolu Agency )
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    MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - DECEMBER 23: Newly graduated Somalian soldiers attend their graduation ceremony after receiving training period from Turkish military training academy in Mogadishu, Somalia on December 23, 2017. ( Sadak Mohamed - Anadolu Agency )

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    MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - DECEMBER 23: Newly graduated Somalian soldiers march to attend their graduation ceremony after receiving training period from Turkish military training academy in Mogadishu, Somalia on December 23, 2017. ( Sadak Mohamed - Anadolu Agency )

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