Talks to review Somalia’s constitution begin

Delegates attend a plenary session of the National Constituent Assembly in Mogadishu in 2012 [Photo: UN]

Somalia has begun a new round of constitutional reforms as delegates gathered in Mogadishu on Sunday (13 May) for a National Constitutional Convention.

Delegates representating the federal government, regional administrations and civil society groups are hoping to begin the process of reviewing the country’s provisional constitution to come up with a new substantive legal document.

The process had been delayed for several times in the past due to political wrangling.
Already, the government of the southern state of Jubbaland has said it will not send representatives to the constitutional convention.
The Mogadishu meeting will be held from 13-15 May.
A new Federal Constitution is expected to set a framework for the national elections in 2020.
The process is being financially supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN mission in Somalia.
The current provisional constitution was adopted in 2012 by elders representing the country’s big clans.
Somalia collapsed into a state of anarchy following the overthrow of the military regime of President Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

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