19 June 2012

Somalia: Signatories Will Meet in Nairobi to Discuss Progress

Nairobi, Somalia — Signatories of the Roadmap are scheduled to meet in Nairobi to discuss the progress of ending the transitional government in Somalia, Radio Garowe reports.

Transitional Federal Government (TFG) President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Gaas, Speaker of Parliament Sharif Hassan Sharif Adan, Galmudug President Mohamed Ahmed Alim, Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole and Ahlu Sunnah are scheduled to meet in Nairobi.

Prime Minister Gaas departed from Mogadishu on Tuesday to the Kenyan capital to take part in the meeting scheduled to convene on Wednesday.

Puntland President Farole also departed to Nairobi leading a delegation that was on an official visit to Ethiopia. The Puntland delegation included Minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Abdullahi Ahmed (Ilkajir), Minister of Education Abdi Farah Juha and other Puntland officials.

The signatories will discuss if measures to finish the transition on time have been completed.

According to the Addis Ababa communiqué which was agreed on by signatories of the Roadmap, issues like the selection of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) who will vote on adopting the constitution were scheduled to be completed by the 20th of June.

On Monday Prime Minister Gaas asked traditional elders to speed up the selection process of the NCA. Fears of more setbacks have caused leaders to pressure traditional elders for quicker results.

However, analysts say that setbacks are due to the fact that the elders have been tasked with a whole lot.

Not only are they slated to choose the 825 representatives of the NCA, but along with a protocol committee will select the federal parliament's upper and lower house which constitutes for close to 300 representatives.

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