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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Somalia’s South-West Regional Parliament inaugurated

Somalia’s South-West Regional Parliament inaugurated



MoFA- Somalia’s South-West Regional State Parliament was inaugurated on Tuesday (January 19) in Baidoa, the capital of the South-West State. Somali Federal President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and other Somalia regional state leaders as well as representatives of the UN, the AU and IGAD attended the occasion. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, the Chair of IGAD was also present and he congratulated the Somali people, the Federal Government and South-West State Regional Administration for the successful election of the region’s parliament.
Dr. Tedros stressed the inauguration of the state parliament was one of the most important milestones in the building process of peace and stability in Somalia. Dr. Tedros emphasized that peace and stability as well as development in Somalia had a major impact on the region. He underlined that nation building was a gradual process and the Somali people and government should work in hand in hand to realize a peaceful and prosperous Somalia.
Dr. Tedros said it was time for Somalia’s federal and regional government leaders to focus urgently on to provide the necessary constructive dialogue and discussion to ensure the socio-economic and political interests of the Somali people. The Foreign Minister reiterated that Ethiopia always stand with the people and Government of Somalia in their efforts. The UN Representative said that the inauguration of the new parliament was a testimony to Somalia’s progress on all fronts. He commended the inclusion of women in the parliament and said this was an exemplary example for Somalia’s other regional states and the Federal Government.
The UN Representative also took the opportunity to reiterate the UN’s commitment to realize a peaceful Somalia. He called on the members of the new parliament to work to bring about consensus for the election later this year. During his visit to Baidoa, Dr. Tedros also visited Ethiopian troops serving with AMISOM. He told the troops that their unwavering commitment and efforts to bring peace in Somalia was much appreciated
Source : MoFA