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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Kay encouraged by commitments to Somalia's Vision 2016 but more to be done quickly

(Medeshi)- The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has welcomed firm commitments made by Somalia's Federal and regional leaders to meet key Vision 2016 deadlines.
 These provide for the completion of Somalia’s federal state formation process, including reviewing the provisional constitution without extending the terms of the Federal President and Parliament after September 2016. Over the last ten days, Mr. Kay has met with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke and the Speaker of the Federal Parliament, Mohamed Osman Jawari, to discuss peace and state-building progress. He has also met with the leaders of Puntland, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, in Garowe; of the Interim Juba Administration (IJA), Sheikh Ahmad Islam 'Madobe' in Kismayo; and of the Interim South-West Administration (ISWA) Sheikh Sharif Hassan Adan in Baidoa.

Mr. Kay said he was encouraged by the firm commitments  he had  heard from people across the country to deliver Somalia's Vision 2016  and determination to respect the deadline. He said there was a strong consensus that in the period between now and the beginning of Ramadan several important milestones needed to be achieved including the appointment of  Commissioners for the National Independent Electoral Commission and for the Boundaries and Federation Commission. These Commissions needed to start work.
It was important for the regional assemblies for the IJA and ISWA to be established and for interim administrations in the Central Regions and in Middle Shabelle and Hiraan to be set up. Mr. Kay also stressed the importance of agreement between the executive and parliament on a legislative timetable which should include, as priorities bills on Political Parties, Citizenship, the Electoral Law and the Constitutional Court. It was also necessary to achieve significant progress as suggested in the recent Memorandum of Understanding on the constitutional review process.
-MoFA