Somalia: President accepts resignation of Constitutional Review Committee Chairperson

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Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud has accepted the resignation of the Chairwoman of the Constitutional Review Commission.

Mrs. Asha Gelle Dirie stepped down from her post this week, claiming that she was no longer ‘’permitted’’ to do it ‘’independently’’. Mrs Dirie did not specify where the interference was coming from.

In a statement released from his office on Friday, President Mohamoud said that he was ‘’saddened’’ to hear the news of the resignation of the Chairwoman but at the same time ‘’respected’’ her decision. He commended her ‘’tireless efforts’’ during her 9-month tenure.

The President further said that the next move will be on filling the vacant position.

“Our focus must now be on ensuring the rapid replacement of the Chairperson with the right individual who will drive the process forward: quickly and rigorously. The completion of all elements Vision 2016 is not an optional extra, but an absolute must if we are to firmly set Somalia on the path to peace and prosperity. There will be no compromise.’’

President Mohamoud declined to answer the claims from Mrs. Asha Gelle of the ”Political intereference”.

Significantly, the resignation of the Chairperson of the Constitutional review committee came ahead of a crucial year whereby the Constitutional review committee will have to amend the provisional constitution as next year elections approaches.

The 5-member Constitutional Review commission was established in 2014 in a move to amend the country’s provisional constitution adopted in 2012.

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