28 July 2012

Somalia: Constitutional Conference Continues Despite Shelling

Mogadishu — The constitutional conference continues despite a mortar attack near the conference hall on Friday, Garowe Online reports.

The conference adjourned on Friday, after a mortar attack hit an area in very close proximity of the where the conference was being held. There were no casualties reported in the attack.

The conference got underway on Saturday, and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) officials stated that the representatives should not fear scare tactics committed by spoilers.

State Minister for the Constitution Abdirahman Hoosh Jibril, attended the third day of the conference in Mogadishu where he spoke about the importance of completing the Roadmap with the constitution being the most important hurdle.

"Completing the constitutional vote is the current obstacle we are trying to overcome, and this is an important process that cannot be delayed," said Minister Jibril.

TFG officials announced before the conference that they had reinforced security in the capital with the support of African Union troops. However, security fears remain as Al Shabaab threatened to target representatives tasked with adopting the Somali draft constitution.


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