Somali leaders gather to work on draft constitution

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Augustine Mahiga

Representatives of various sectors of society in Somalia have gathered in Garowe, Puntland to push ahead with work on drafting a constitution for the Horn of Africa country.

The meeting has brought together representatives from the Somali transitional government, regional administrations, as well as the business community and civil society.

It is part of ongoing efforts to implement a roadmap for elections of a government to take over running the country.

The four pillars of the roadmap for Somalia are security, a constitution, good governance as well as outreach and reconciliation.

The top United Nations envoy for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, is attending the meeting.

"The constitutional pillar is probably the most important which will determine the end of the transition and this meeting is specifically convened to begin the drafting of the constitution. There is a draft constitution. The process will be shorter and we hope within 90 days a constitutional draft will be adopted and proceed to be endorsed by the Constituent Assembly."

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