SOMALIA: Delegates of Constituent assembly conclude constitution debates
By: Abdalle Ahmed
Mogadishu (RBC) Members of 825 Somali delegates from different regions who have debating the country’s new draft constitution have concluded discussions on the constitution which lasted fir the past six days here in Mogadishu.
A very open debates on the draft constitution which the delegates were looking one-by-one of the new constitution points have been continuing since last Wednesday as the members of the delegates suggested to adopt the new draft constition which is seen as the new entrance of Somalia’s new stage of the post transition period.
“Luckily we have finalized our discussion and we are ahead to proceed the adoption process. This will be the first constitution in Somalia for than fourty years.” Asha Ahmed, a female delegate told RBC Radio in their meeting hall at Gen Kahiye police academy in Mogadishu.
Many women in the assembly have been showing in high spirit that the new draft constitution gave important attention to women’s rights as well as the international convention of human rights.
“According to this constitution, women will be able to participate in the country’s political process and that is what we appreciate very high.” another female delegate, Halima Mohamed said.
Somalia constitution minister Abdurahman Hosh Jibril expressed that he was confident that the delegates will vote in favour for the draft constitution and that new parliament will begin to launch their first session to elect new speaker and new president for the first time in Mogadishu.
“We hope that more progress have been done since last week when this assembly begun, we are now to complete the session and begin parliament gathering” the minister told RBC Radio.
As scheduled the current transitional government to announce the ending of the constituent assembly late this week as the new legislative members already selected to begin their gathering who within less than twenty days will elect new president for Somalia.