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.