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Somali Leaders Sign Agreement to End Transitional Government

September 06, 2011

(Update with details of agreement.)

Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Somali political leaders signed an agreement to replace the country’s transitional government by next August in the latest effort to end conflict in a nation that has been wracked by civil war for two decades.

Under a so-called road-map, the leaders agreed to prepare a new constitution, reform parliament and work to improve security in Mogadishu, the capital, over the next 12 months.

“We will implement the roadmap in order to bring the Somali people prosperity and security,” President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said at the end of a three-day conference in Mogadishu. The meeting included representatives of the Transitional Federal Government, or TFG, lawmakers, officials from the semi- autonomous northern state of Puntland, and the pro-government Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a militia.

The TFG was established in Somalia in 2004, the 14th attempt to create a functioning central administration since the fall of Mohamed Siad Barre’s dictatorship in 1991. The Western- backed government’s mandate, which had been scheduled to end last month, was extended for 12 months in June.

--Editors: Paul Richardson, Ben Holland.

To contact the reporter on this story: Hamsa Omar in Mogadishu via Nairobi at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.


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