UN envoy welcomes accord between Somali President and Speaker

displaced Somalis

displaced Somalis

An agreement between the President of Somalia, and the Speaker of Parliament, has been welcomed by the top United Nations envoy for Somalia Augustine Mahiga.

Mr. Mahiga says the accord is a breakthrough in resolving the five month old political impasse in Mogadishu over the future of the country.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

The two Somali leaders had not been speaking to each other for months because of disagreements about the end of the mandates of the transitional government and parliament in August this year.

Under the agreement, reached in Kampala the terms of the presidency and parliament have been extended for one year and a new Prime Minister is to be appointed within thirty days.

The Somali leaders agreed to work on a roadmap with tasks that have to be performed with specified timelines, benchmarks and mechanisms to ensure compliance.

The priority tasks include finalizing and adopting the constitution, reforming institutions, enhancing security and rebuilding the security sector while continuing to reach out and promoting reconciliation.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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