SOMALIA: TFG leaders declare the NCA meeting will be convened on 21st July in Mogadishu
By: Abdalle Ahmed
After addressing to the traditional elders’ meeting in the capital, the interim President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the prime minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas and the ousted speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden have together made announcement of the NCA gathering which was postponed last Thursday due to what the government described ‘technical issues’.
“We want the elders to complete all the names of the NCA delegates as to launch the meeting very soon. It is expected the meeting to start on 21st of this month.” President Sharif told the elders.
Prime minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said that the government was determined to begin the meeting in last week but for the delay from the elders the meeting was pushed back. He also confirmed that another setback will not be tolerable.
On his side Sharif Hassan has asked for the elders to finalize the delegates of the meeting which he said will be based on 4.5 power sharing formula and that any clan will not have the right to access the meeting if they do not present their delegates before 21st of July.
Meanwhile, Suldan Warsame Ibrahim who is member of the elders told RBC Radio that only 50% of the 825 delegates could be available in Mogadishu questioning how the meeting will be opened in next week.
“We recognize the time shortage but we must also assure that there were still challenges, for example half of the delegates are not present.” he said adding that complains against the draft constitution were also put on the table.
“The elders proposed 11 articles of the new constitution should be amended.” the elders told RBC Radio.
According to Somalia roadmap signed by the six signatories and the Addis Ababa agreement between the six men, the National Constituency Assembly was scheduled to launch in July 12th but it did not go into action as reliable sources revealed to RBC Radio that some clans rejected to give the names of their delegates for the NCA.