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Somali Government Forms Committee to Implement New Constitution

Somalia’s government formed a committee to oversee implementation of a new constitution and makes changes to the way the country’s parliament is run.

The 15-member panel includes officials from the semi-autonomous regions of Puntland and Galmudug and the pro-government Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a militia, government spokesman Abdirahman Omar Osman told reporters in Mogadishu, the capital, yesterday.

Somali politicians in September agreed to a so-called road map that will end a transitional administration formed in 2004. The Western-backed government, headed by Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, has failed to end a two-decade long civil war in the Horn of Africa country.

In terms of the accord, the country’s 550-member parliament must be reformed by Nov. 19; a final draft constitution should be published by May 18 and adopted by July 1; and presidential and parliamentary elections must be held by Aug. 20.

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