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Somali Assembly Overwhelmingly Adopts Constitution

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Somali leaders have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that sets the stage for a more powerful and representative government. Ninety-six percent of a special constituent assembly voted in favor of the measure Wednesday, ahead of a U.N. deadline for completing a government transition. Last week, the U.N. Security Council said Somalia’s political transition was at […]

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Somali Assembly Adopts Constitution

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Somali leaders have approved a new constitution, as the country approaches a U.N. deadline for completing its government transition. An assembly that began working last week in Mogadishu overwhelmingly approved the document Wednesday. The meeting came as a pair of suicide bombers tried to attack the area. Authorities said the bombers were killed, but at […]

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UN: Somalia Transition at ‘Decisive Phase’

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council says Somalia’s transition is at a “decisive phase” and must be completed by August 20. In a statement Wednesday, the Council urged all parties involved in a U.N.-backed roadmap to a permanent government to follow through on their commitments. The statement came as a nine-day conference began in the Somali […]

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Somali Assembly Begins to Adopt Constitution

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A nine-day conference is under way in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, where an 825-member assembly is expected to ratify a new constitution. The Constituent Assembly began meeting on Wednesday, after the gathering was postponed three times this month. The assembly includes a broad range of regional delegates who will discuss and possibly amend a draft […]

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Somali Government, Elders Agree on New Constitution

Posted July 15th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The Somali government says it has reached an agreement with traditional elders to move ahead with plans to adopt a draft constitution. A government minister told VOA that a Constituent Assembly will provisionally adopt the measure during an 8-day conference that begins on Saturday. Constitution and Reconciliation Minister Abdirahman Hosh Jibril said leaders set the […]

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Survey Offers Rare Glimpse of Somalis’ Political Views

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A new VOA survey offers a rare look at the political views of people in war-torn Somalia. More than 3,000 people throughout Somalia responded to an unprecedented survey about the country’s proposed constitution. More than three-quarters of the respondents supported the draft constitution. The vast majority backed a provision calling for Islamic law, or Sharia. […]

Survey Offers Rare Glimpse of Somalis’ Political Views

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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A new VOA survey offers a rare look at the political views of people in war-torn Somalia. More than 3,000 people throughout Somalia responded to an unprecedented survey about the country’s proposed constitution. More than three-quarters of the respondents supported the draft constitution. The vast majority backed a provision calling for Islamic law, or Sharia. […]

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UN Chief ‘Disappointed’ in Lack of Nepali Constitution

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “disappointed” in Nepal’s failure to craft a new constitution before a Sunday deadline. In a statement Monday, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Constituent Assembly came to important agreements on nearly all aspects of the document except state restructuring. The issue divided lawmakers, with the four main parties trying to […]

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Nepal Fails to Write New Constitution

Posted May 28th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Nepal braced Monday for months of political instability and street protests after parliament missed its Sunday midnight deadline to complete the task of writing a new post-war constitution. Nepal’s Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai said Sunday the Constituent Assembly had failed to achieve its goal. He said he will stay in office until the new polls, […]

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Nepal Fails to Agree on New Constitution

Posted May 27th, 2012 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Nepal’s Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai called for new elections after the term of the country’s parliament, the Constituent Assembly, expired at Sunday midnight without completing the task of writing a new post-war constitution. Mr. Bhattarai, who leads a national unity government made up of the country’s four main political parties, said the Constituent Assembly had […]

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