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Form cabinet, Somalia told

Issue 354
Front Page
Index
News Headlines
Message Of The UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator To Somalis
Local and Regional Affairs
Muslim Cleric Arrested In Somali Bombings
Massive Security Deployment In Somaliland As Death Toll Rises
UN Staff In Somalia Mourn Loss Of Colleagues Killed In Deadly Blast
Ban Deplores ‘Outrageous' Attack On UN Office And Other Sites In Northern Somalia
Mark Malloch-Brown Condemns Attacks
Form cabinet, Somalia told
Deadly Car Bombs Hit Somaliland
Bombings Have Markings Of Al-Qaeda: US Official
FIDH Condemns the Suicide Attacks in Somalia
AP IMPACT: Security Firms Join Somali Piracy Fight
Shipload of supplies escorted to Somalia
Flashback: Israeli Revealed as owner of South Sudan bound weapons ship
Editorial
 
The Terrorist Attacks On Somaliland
Supporting Somaliland's Democracy Against The Terror Act ?
Somaliland & Unisa's Department of Religious Studies represented at London 's 2008 Think Tank of the
Kenya On Heightened Terror Alert After Somaliland Bombings
Features & Commentry
Somalia 's Pirates Flourish In A Lawless Nation
‘It's A Great Time To Be A Pirate'
Somaliland Witness: 'Terrible Day'

Opinion

Somaliland Stands Firm Against Terrorism
It's Time To Take On The Gangsters Of The Sea
President Bush's Speech on Terrorism Undercut by Attacks in Somalia
Somalia 's Descent Into Chaos Predicted
Somaliland Organizations In Diaspora Condemn The Terrorist Attacks In Somaliland
Message Of Condolences And Condemnation
Will White People Riot?
The Hon Stephen Smith MP
 

Mwai Kibaki, the IGAD host

Mwai Kibaki, the IGAD host

By Reuben Olita and Agencies

Nairobi , October 29, 2008 – Regional leaders meeting in Nairobi yesterday urged Somali leaders to form a new cabinet within two weeks.

A statement issued yesterday said five presidents from the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) also called on the Somali parliament to “finalize the drafting of the Somali constitution and enact electoral and parties laws within six months of the issuance of this declaration”.

The regional leaders were in the Kenyan capital for an IGAD summit called by Ethiopia 's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to discuss the worsening security crisis in Somalia .

The meeting, held at Kenyatta International Conference Centre, was attended by President Yoweri Museveni, Mwai Kibaki of Kenya , Ismael Omar Guelleh ( Djibouti ), Abdillahi Yusuf ( Somalia ), Zenawi and Sudan 's First Vice-President, Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Divided Somalia is run by a transitional government whose mandate expires in September next year. The writing of a new constitution, however, has been stalled by violence and political rivalries.

A faction of Somali Islamists based in Asmara , Eritrea has refused to sign a ceasefire and peace treaty with the transitional government and vowed to expel Ethiopian peacekeeping forces by force.

Although Somali President Abdillahi Yusuf Ahmed and Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein signed a deal that was expected to reconcile them, infighting has persisted, stalling government operations.

“It is necessary that this is overcome for positive progress to be made. I, therefore, call upon all the Somali leaders to put aside their differences for the sake of peace, stability and the welfare of their people,” Kibaki said at the summit.

Zenawi warned the world against neglecting Somalia . “The transitional federal institutions are in paralysis and it is high time that this situation was addressed.”

IGAD warned of unspecified action against Somalia should the country fail to draft a new constitution within six months, but also endorsed United Nations Security Council resolutions authorizing the use of force to combat the increasing incidents of piracy along the Somali coast.

The summit commended Uganda , Burundi and Ethiopia for sending troops to Somalia .

Meanwhile, in the latest incident of violence there, at least 32 people were yesterday killed in five suicide car bomb attacks in two northern Somali breakaway states.

A local medical official spoke to at least 24 wounded admitted in hospitals after the blasts at the presidential palace, the United Nations Development Programme's compound and a building housing Ethiopian diplomats in Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland .

The dead included five of the bombers, four Ethiopians and two Somali employees of the UN.

IGAD has six active members: Ethiopia , Djibouti , Kenya , Somalia , Sudan and Uganda . Eritrea 's membership was suspended in 2007.

The Somalia MP delegation listens to speeches during a meeting ...

AP

Wed Oct 29, 11:42 AM ET

The Somalia MP delegation listens to speeches during a meeting with regional heads of state to discuss Somalia 's crisis in Nairobi , Kenya Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. The talks included Somalia 's president and some members of Somalia 's opposition, but none of the hard-line members who have denounced any talks with the government and who are behind much of the bloodshed in Mogadishu .

(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi listens to speeches during ...

AP

Wed Oct 29, 11:42 AM ET

Ethiopia 's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi listens to speeches during a meeting with regional heads of state to discuss Somalia 's crisis in Nairobi , Kenya Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. The talks included Somalia 's president and some members of Somalia 's opposition, but none of the hard-line members who have denounced any talks with the government and who are behind much of the bloodshed in Mogadishu .

(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

Somalia's President Abdullahi Yusuf  listens to speeches during ...

AP

Wed Oct 29, 11:41 AM ET

Somalia 's President Abdillahi Yusuf listens to speeches during a meeting with regional heads of state to discuss Somalia 's crisis in Nairobi , Kenya Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. The talks included Somalia 's president and some members of Somalia 's opposition, but none of the hard-line members who have denounced any talks with the government and who are behind much of the bloodshed in Mogadishu .

(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

 

 

 

 


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