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Somalia Well under Way to Form New Government


The Djibouti peace conference for Somali is well under its way to establish a new government for the war-torn country as the delegates participating the meeting have solved the most difficult tasks of reconciliation among themselves.

Opening th last face of the meeting on Saturday, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Ghelleh said the heaviest task of reconciling the Somali tribes is now over and recognition for the would-be-born government is already in hand.

Ghelleh praised delegates to the meeting, which began on May 2, for their tireless efforts to reach a consensus over the sharing of the delegates to represent each clan in the political face of the meeting which began last Thursday.

Each main tribe was given 160 delegates to choose among its ambitious leaders for the decision making of how the forthcoming government, parliament, president and prime minister would be like.

The results have been hailed by the Somalis and the international community as a whole, Ghelleh said, noting that unlike earlier times, the international community is now united in supporting the peace conference.

Speaking about those armed faction leaders who did not attend the meeting, Ghelleh said, as a sponsor of the meeting on behalf of the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development, he has sent invitations both orally and in written form to them.

They have been given enough time and now the tolerance is over and they can no longer hold Somalia's destiny hijacked for them any more, the Djibouti president said.

It seems that these politicians don't have confidence in themselves to stand before the people because they know what they have done to the public, Ghelleh said.

However, Ghelleh was careful enough not to mention any of the names of such faction leaders as Mohamed Hajji Ibrahim Egal of Somaliland, Hussein Mohamed Aidid, Mohamed Qanyareh Afrah, Abdullahi Yussuf Ahmed and Osman Ali Atto.

The general public of Somalia has expressed strong support for the Djibouti conference, eagerly looking forward to seeing a government for their country once and for all after ten ruthless and chaotic years.

However, analysts observed that the forthcoming government has formidable obstacles before it in terms of the economy and the general infrastructure in the country.

Heavily armed faction leaders opposing to it are also trying to sabotage its implementation using all possible means they can afford including armed confrontations, they said.

The current meeting, the 13th effort during the past ten years for the research of a government for Somalia, was attended by over 900 delegates including 100 women representing the various communities of the country.

Politicians in Somalia had held 12 meetings trying to reach an agreement in this aspect but all of the attempts failed and some even ended in catastrophic armed confrontations.



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