SOMALIA: New draft constitution is officialy adopted in Mogadishu
By: Abdalle Ahmed
Mogadishu (RBC) Members of Somalia’s constituent assembly have officially adopted the country’s new draft constitution after seven days gathering in the capital, Mogadishu, RBC Radio reports.
621 members out of 645 members of the 825 Somalia constituent assembly- 96% of the whole session voted in favor for the new draft constitution which will pave the way for new government and new parliament in the war torn country. Only 13 members rejected the draft constitution while 11 others abstained.
Prof Hussein Warsame, who is a member of the technical committee of the assembly said that the draft constitution of Somalia to implemented soon and will remain as temporary document until national referendum is launched.
“Today we have marked a new phase for our country approving the first well prepared constitution since 1979″. Prof Warsame said addressing in the constituent assembly today.
Somalia prime minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali who officially signed the result of the constituent assembly today said that it was a victorious day for the whole nation as he promised that Somalia will not remain in crisis.
“If the Somalia is known as the country of rampant piracy, the country of droughts and malnutrition, the country of weak institutions, now we want to say we are strong nation with new constitution.” Prime minister Ali told the gathering delegates.
“We will soon move forward” he added.
The new constitution which has been drafting for the last seven years becomes the first constitution for Somalia since 1969 when the former military regime suspended the 1960 constitution of the country shortly after the military took over the power in October that year.