Adado conference kicks off in central Somalia

Somalia

ADADO, Somalia, April 16, 2015 (Garowe Online)-Federal Government of Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has officially launched state formation conference in Galgadud region town of Adado of central Somalia on Thursday, Garowe Online reports.

In attendance were Interior Minister Abdirahman Odawa alongside other cabinet members, parliamentarians, state formation technical committee head Halima Ismael, UN envoy to Somalia Ambassador Nicholas Kay, IGAD’s Mohamed Abdi Afey, Turkish Ambassador Olgen Bakar and Ugandan envoy Nathan Mugisha.

Mohamud said in his opening remarks that convention is open, asking traditional leaders to finalize 510 delegates who will elect regional president in two weeks.

The conference follows weeks of deadlock over the venue of state formation conference and the anticipated headquarters of the forthcoming federal state.

Al though mobile phone masts in central Somalia were affected by heavy rains, sources tell GO that some breakthroughs were made in solutions to standing differences.

Mohamud and international community representatives have flocked into Adado for the last two days for the convention launch.

On Wednesday, insiders confirmed to GO that 100 delegates from Dhusamareb were denied entry into Adado. 

GAROWE ONLINE 

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