Garowe, Somalia (AHN) – The second phase of the United Nations-sponsored consultative meeting on national unity concluded Saturday in Garowe, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland.
Somali President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, Parliament Speaker Sharif Hassan and Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed met with representatives from Puntland, Galmudug and Sufi militia Ahlu Sunna Wal-jama’a to settle a bitter dispute over the 4.5 formula of power sharing in Somalia.
“The most disputed item was the 4.5 formula and at last we have resolved ” said Abdirahman Farole, president of Puntland, speaking at the closing ceremony.
The 4.5 formula sets aside seats in the the parliament, Four major clans receive the majority of the seats and other minority clans divide the rest of the seats.
“The meeting concludes successfully after Puntland accepted concessions and step down its disagreement over the formula,” he added.
The meeting also agreed to reduce from 500 to 225 the members of the Parliament. Their selection will be based on the 4.5 power sharing formula.
Somali President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed said the meeting ended with greater achievements.
“The outcome of the meeting need to be implemented as we agreed on during our consultations in Garowe,” Ahmed said.
The meeting coincided with dissension among parliamentarians on the status of the Speaker after 280 lawmakers voted for his dismissal.
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