MOGADISHU, Somalia Jun 18 2012 (Garowe Online) – Prime Minister
Abdiweli Mohamed Gaas requested that the traditional elders speed up the selection
of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), Garowe Online reports.
Transitional Federal Government Prime Minister Gaas, who
spoke to the 135 traditional elders in Mogadishu,
asked the body to speed up the selection so that the process sees no further
“We are asking that you keep in mind, the deadline for the
end of the transition and we ask that you provide us with the list of the NCA
members who will vote on the Somalia
constitution which is a vital document crucial to ending the transitional
period,” said Prime Minister Gaas.
The selection of the NCA who will vote on adopting the Somalia draft constitution
has faced setbacks. The vote on the constitution was scheduled to wrap up last
month but has been delayed till July.
According to the Addis
Ababa communiqué that was released after signatories of
the Roadmap agreed on issues pertaining to the constitution, the list of the
NCA should be finalized by June 20th.
TFG officials are worried over recent controversy that has
sprouted over the legitimacy of the traditional elders who will select the NCA,
but leaders both in Somalia
and internationally have already warned spoilers about the consequences of disrupting
the end of the transitional period.
Prime Minister Gaas at the conference stated that he was
confident with the authenticity of the traditional elders and that attention to
those rumors would only cause more problems.