MOGADISHU, Somalia - The leaders of Somalia's Federal Government and regional states have issued late Saturday night a joint Communiqué following a key forum in Mogadishu, February 6-10, 2018, Garowe Online reports.
The four-day National Security Council meeting held in Villa Somalia, the Country's Presidential Palace was chaired by the Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire.
The deputy PM Mahdi Mohamed Guled, leaders from the Federal Member States, namely Puntland, Jubbaland, HirShabelle, Southwest, Galmudug and Banadir administration participated in the meeting.
During the lengthy talks, the political leaders discussed on the National Security, a roadmap for One Person, One Vote Polls in 2020, the country’s untapped natural resources [Fishing] and troop integration.
- National security architecture'
The Council agreed to speed up and training of regional Police and paramilitary [Darwish] forces and then integrated in accordance with the New Policing Model and the new National security architecture.
The Government of Somalia will assist the integrating force in the fields of weapons, training, stipends, and logistics to be able to cooperate the armed forces in the fight against the terrorist groups in the country.
According to the Communiqué, the council will set up a technical committee consisting of the Federal government and member states for the implementation of the pact on the training and Integration of the forces.
The joint team will meet once every three weeks and share inclusive information with the President of the Federal Government Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who is the chair of the National Security Council.
In line with the deal, Danab special forces will be expanded and integrated at a national level before their training. Danab which means lightning in Somali is regarded as the most competent of Somalia's military.
- Universal suffrage in 2020'
The Somali Government has put forward a roadmap for “one person, one vote” elections in 2020 during the meeting, in which the Federal Member States and Benadir region agreed to take part its implementation.
PM Khaire will appoint a 10-member committee drawn from the government and the regional administration that will be working on the type of electoral system within in four weeks period ahead of drafting electoral laws.
The council also decided the constitutional review process to be completed by the end of 2018 and asked Somalia's Independent Electoral Commission to complete the consultations with the public on the 2020 elections.