The Constituent Assembly conference was convened in Mogadishu today, bringing together 135 traditional elders to decide the selection of the assembly that will adopt a constitution and a new parliament.
The well-attended ceremonial day featured the President, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Parliament, who received the traditional elders with enthusiasms and praised their leadership. The conference signifies the commitment of the signatories of the Roadmap, especially in the agreement to end the transitional period in time.
“We welcome our national elders; welcome to Mogadishu” said President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, who expressed “confidence in the elders” and stated that they will lead the nation to a national unity. The President expressed his appreciation to the donors that supported Somalia throughout the transitional periods.
“The Somali people are expecting a lot from the elders today” said the Speaker of the Parliament, Sharif Hassan, who urged the elders “to agree on all common national interests.”
The government explained its achievements over the last several months and ensured that it will finalize the activities of the Roadmap within the remaining months. The Prime Minister, Abdiwali Mohamed Ali, stressed the improvements made so far in the security area that enabled the government to host a major conference of this scale.
The civil society groups were also present in the conference, and stated their commitments to support the traditional elders who embody not only the interests of civil society groups, but also the larger society as well.
The government considers this conference a great milestone, converging key traditional elders and completing the draft constitution, which brings the outstanding benchmarks in the Roadmap to few activities before August 20, 2012.
The Minister of Constitution, Mr. Abdirahman Hosh Jibril, expelled the misinformation that certain groups were making on the draft constitution. “The draft constitution complies with our faith” said Mr. Jibril who encouraged the public to support the traditional elders to deliver their mandate.
ibrahim mohamed nur (ibraxaaji)