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Jubaland president expresses optimism after Mogadishu conference


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Jubaland president expresses optimism after Mogadishu conference

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Kismayo, Jubaland (Waraq News)—President Ahmed Mohamed Islam of Jubaland has expressed optimism of a better future following National Consultation Leadership meeting in Mogadishu between 9-11 April 2016.

Speaking with the media in Kismayo, He said Somali politicians discussed the electoral process without any foreign negotiators and that is a good sign as it happened for the first time in more than two decades.

“We sit together and discussed the political process of the country and compromised each other in a number of difficult issues without foreign presence, for me I see it as a historical victory,” said President Sheikh Ahmed Madobe.

A statement issued by the international partners in Somalia said they have welcomed “the detailed modalities of the 2016 electoral process” reached by the Somali leadership in Mogadishu.

“In particular, I welcome the continued commitment to reserving 30 percent of the seats in both houses of parliament for women and look forward to seeing it realized in practice,” said The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia Michael Keating.

However, the leaders chose alternative modalities to select a 54-member Upper House and a 275-member Lower House.

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