Federal Parliament rejects article in Somalia's Provisional Constitution 3 Nov 3, 2012 - 2:56:53 PM
MOGADISHU, Somalia Nov 3 2012 (Garowe Online) - The New Federal Parliament in a majority vote decided to reject an article in the Provisional Federal Constitution which gives the President the authority to dissolve parliament, Garowe Online reports.
The MPs voted to reject article 67 which gives the President the power to dissolve the Lower House of Parliament "if the Lower House fails to approve the Council of Ministers and the government program."
Out of 265 MPs, 168 took part in the parliamentary meeting in Mogadishu on Saturday and after extensive deliberation, 162 voted to reject the article, 3 voted to accept the article and the remaining 3 didn't vote.
Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari announced the Parliament's decision after the vote.
This is the first rejection of an article in the Provisional Federal Constitution concerning the Federal Parliament by the MPs.
They are scheduled to convene for another meeting on Tuesday which will likely continue their deliberations of articles concerning the Parliament in the Somali Constitution.
The Provisional Federal Constitution of Somalia was adopted on August 1st after 7 years of being drafted and redrafted through an independent body.