Thursday, March 01, 2012
Somalia’s prime minister has insisted that the term of the
current transitional government should end in August as scheduled,
reiterating the position agreed on at last week’s London conference.
Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said that the transitional
period, which was set to end last year before an extension, would end on
“There will be no further extension on the term of
the Transitional Federal Government (TFG),” he said on Tuesday during a
trip to Norway.
Ali said that both the Somali people and the
international community are determined to see a permanent government
take over from the transitional institutions.
Somalia has been without a functioning central government since 1991.
The prime minister said that the Somali roadmap and
later agreements reached in Garowe, the capital of semi-autonomous
Somaliland, are sufficient to lead the TFG out of the transition period.
The roadmap was agreed with various Somali groups
in September 2011. They agreed to improve security, attain
reconciliation, instill good governance and draft a national
In Garowe, the parties agreed in December 2011 and February on how to
endorse the draft constitution through a constituent assembly, selection
of future lawmakers and the election of a president for a more
permanent government for a stipulated period.