Somalia to set up assembly to adopt new constitution Jaimie Cremeans at 2:19 PM ET
[JURIST] UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General Dr. Augustine Mahiga told the press on Friday that the Elders of Somalia will select delegates for the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) by June 20, which will convene on July 2 to approve Somalia's new constitution [press release, PDF]. The NCA will have until July 10 to adopt the constitution, and the new Somali Parliament will be chosen by July 15. Mahiga announced this after returning from a three-day trip to Somalia for meetings with the signatories of the Roadmap for the End of Transition in Somalia [text, PDF]. Mahiga also said that the Technical Selection Committee for the NCA, which will provide the Elders with assistance to ensure nominees are qualified under the Garowe Conference criteria, and the Somalian Parliament will be expanded to represent clans and international observers. Mahiga expressed excitement that "Somalia is less than ninety days from the most momentous event in its recent history" and called on all parties involved and the international community to offer their support.
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