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Friday, October 16, 2015

Constitutional meeting sets out the roadmap for Somalia’s constitutional review

A three day consultative meeting on the constitutional review process was held in Mogadishu this week.

(MoFA)- A three day consultative meeting on the constitutional review process was held in Mogadishu this week (October 12-14).
It included top officials of the Federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs and the Ministers of Constitution of the four regional states (Puntland, Jubaland, South West and Galmudug). The meeting, the first to include full representation from the regional states, produced a roadmap for an inclusive and participatory process for the constitutional review process.
 It emphasized the need for enhanced public participation in the process to ensure that the views of all sectors of the country were taken into consideration. After the meeting, the State Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Hassan Mahmoud Jimalle, said the two levels of government, at federal and state level, had agreed on a joint strategy for public consultations to resolve some of the key contentious issues in the provisional constitution. He said: “We discussed ways to start the constitutional review process, including educating the Somali people about the constitution and its impact on their lives.
We also agreed to widen consultations by involving members of the public, within the country, and in the Diaspora, in order to arrive at an acceptable document.”  The review of the constitution is expected to be concluded early next year to pave way for parliamentary debate and approval by about March 2016, well in advance of the Elections scheduled for 2016. The provisional constitution was adopted by the Parliament in 2012.
Source : MoFA