Somalia Presidential Candidate Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame welcomes the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) conference that opened in Mogadishu on Wednesday.
The candidate sees this development as a milestone opportunity in the recent history of the country. Somalia has passed difficult years in which the political system was based on political violence, suppression and warlordism . But today we are in a position to discuss the draft constitution and to set new political discourse based on tolerance, mutual respect and comprise.
This is a step forward, but there is a need that the draft constitution should not be source of conflict and slid back to the gloomy past. It should be a constitution that clearly separates the powers of different branches of the government and detail foundational distinction between power, duty, function and responsibility. NCA has the chance to scrutinise the draft constitution and pave the way for the upcoming new parliament to complete the process.
I am also thanking the Somali Traditional Elders on their role in facilitating the process of ending the country's transition. I urge them to complete their job and most importantly select parliamentarians who are capable of fulfilling their national obligations.
Finally I appeal to the Somali Society to help the nation pass this critical stage, keeping in mind that unity and compromise are the utmost importance in this stage. From the International Community, we expect full support in order to accomplish the smooth transition from the interim period