Somalia’s President Signs Controversial Constitutional Amendments

Published: March 31, 2024

Mogadishu, Somalia (HorseedMedia) – In a significant milestone for the nation, Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud officially signed the amended version of Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the country’s constitution on Sunday. The constitutional changes were approved by the Federal Parliament of Somalia in a majority vote on Saturday, with 254 members of the two Houses supporting the amendments.

The signing ceremony, held at Villa Somalia, was attended by the Committee of the Two Houses of the Federal Parliament. President Hassan Sheikh hailed the completion of the constitutional process as the foundation for developing democracy, ensuring equality for all Somali citizens, and strengthening efficient government institutions.

“The completion of the Constitution is the basis for the development of democracy, equality for all Somali citizens, strengthening and building efficient government institutions,” the President stated during the ceremony.

However, the constitutional changes have not been without controversy. In a surprising move, the Puntland administration, which has had ongoing disputes with the central government, officially announced its withdrawal of recognition from the federal government, declaring itself an independent state following the parliamentary vote.

The amended constitutional chapters cover fundamental aspects of Somalia’s governance, including the definition of the Somali Republic, its territorial composition, the rights and duties of citizens, and the structure of the federal system.

However, concerns remain over the potential for further tensions and instability in the wake of Puntland’s rejection of the federal government’s authority.

As Somalia navigates this pivotal juncture, all eyes will be on the federal government’s ability to maintain unity, uphold the rule of law, and ensure a peaceful transition toward a more stable and prosperous future for all Somalis.