Somalia Political Leaders Convene to Chart Country’s Future

Published: July 14, 2023
Somalia Political Leaders

Mogadishu, Somalia – A pivotal two-day conference on Somalia’s political future concluded yesterday in the capital city of Mogadishu. Organized by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the meeting brought together prominent current and former leaders to deliberate critical governance issues.

Key areas of focus included Somalia’s electoral process, governing structure, party system, electoral commission, term limits and constitutional review.

On elections, attendees reached consensus on implementing a stable and inclusive process allowing extensive participation. Extensive debate occurred regarding whether to retain Somalia’s parliamentary framework or potentially shift to a presidential system after consulting public opinion.

Numerous politicians advocated opening the party system to multiple parties, moving beyond the current proposal of two-party.

Participants emphasized the need for an independent electoral commission to oversee federal and regional elections impartially.

It was agreed presidential and parliamentary terms should be constitutionally limited to prevent extensions, with exceptions until the next election.

Despite outstanding constitutional issues requiring resolution, leaders concurred the constitution must be finalized to serve as the cornerstone of Somalia’s governance.

In closing remarks, politicians thanked President Mohamud for spearheading this crucial national dialogue on Somalia’s way forward. The conference marked an important step in charting the country’s political path amid ongoing transitions.

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