Mogadishu, Friday 8 May 2015:  HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia acknowledges the resignation of Mrs Asha Gelle Dirie, Chairperson of the Independent Constitution Review Commission.

“I was saddened to hear of Mrs Dirie’s resignation. It is her decision, and we respect this. We thank her for her tireless efforts to mobilise the Commission and begin its urgent and critical work.

“The revision and adoption of the new Federal Constitution is the foundation piece of our nation-building efforts. The Constitution is the foundation piece of the process of state-building; it sets out what Somalia will look like, how we will function as a nation, our values and principles. The success of the other two Vision 2016 goals: state formation and national elections in 2016 rely upon its successful revision and adoption.

“Our focus must now be on ensuring the rapid replacement of the Chairperson with the right individual who will drive the process forward: quickly and rigorously. The completion of all elements Vision 2016 is not an optional extra, but an absolute must if we are to firmly set Somalia on the path to peace and prosperity. There will be no compromise,” said the President.

The process to find a replacement for the Chairperson will be managed by the relevant constitutional authorities. The President has requested the swift resolution, calling upon the authorities to ensure that a replacement is nominated within the week.

 

ENDS

 

Daud Aweis

Spokesperson

Office of the President

Federal Republic of Somalia

Email: daweis@presidency.gov.so