Somali lawmakers urged to pass laws for new constitution and elections

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Security Council meeting on Somalia. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Somali lawmakers have been urged to pass key laws to pave the way for a new constitution and democratic elections in 2016.

The appeal was made by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay, who briefed the Security Council by video conference on Tuesday.

He said when he last spoke to the Council in July, he focused on the threat posed by Al Shabaab but since then the group has suffered what he called "significant reverses".

However, Ambassador Kay expressed concern about the risk of political in-fighting and commended the President and Prime Minister for navigating a way out of recent tensions.

"I appeal to all of Somalia's political institutions, including the Federal Parliament to focus on the urgent business of establishing the institutions and processes that will pave the way to longer term peace, stability and reconciliation. This parliamentary session will be decisive: if key laws are not passed, Somalis will not achieve their dreams for a new constitution and democratic elections in 2016." (28")

Ambassador Kay congratulated the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Army for the progress they have made in weakening Al Shabaab insurgents.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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