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Somali President signs constitution amendments despite Puntland withdraws recognition

Monday April 1, 2024

Mogadishu (HOL) — Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud signed the amended copy of the first four chapters of the Constitution on Sunday night, following unanimous approval by the bicameral federal Parliament last Saturday.

President Mohamud emphasized that completing the Constitution lays the groundwork for democracy, equality for all Somali citizens, and the strengthening and construction of efficient government institutions.

The signing ceremony for the Constitution was attended by the speakers of the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament and the Parliamentary Review Committee on the Constitution.

The constitutional review committee reported that 7,470 Somali citizens had expressed their views and recommendations on the new amendments, with 213,838 Somali citizens having reviewed the Constitution.

However, the regional administration of Puntland announced its withdrawal of recognition of the Federal Government of Somalia, citing the constitutional amendments as a violation of the federal pact that historically unified the country.


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