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Oil-Rich-Khaatumo State's MPs Prepare To Install Permanent Administarion
Khaatumo state parliamentary elections have been finally completed in a transparent process. On August 9 and 10, 2014, the new Members of the Parliament took the official oath as administered by the appointed Clerk. This solemn affirmation of allegiance was held in the presence of senior traditional elders, politicians and the civil societies, including delegations from the Khaatumo Forum and the Diaspora.
After a fair competition between hopeful candidates, on 11 August, members of the parliament elected Mohamoud Sheikh Omar as the Speaker of the House, followed by the election of Faduma Jama Elmi and Yusuf Mohamed Ismael as the First and Second Deputy Speakers, respectively. Honourable Elmi became the first female Deputy Speaker in the history of Somali national and regional administrations. The installation of Khaatumo Parliament has effectively laid the foundation of a permanent government.
The Taleh convention, that would have ended the transitional system, was slated to commence in July 2013. Unfortunately, the scheduled event had been disrupted numerous times as witnessed by all the stake-holders in the region. In defiance of the international community, troops from Somaliland and Puntland continued to attack almost every peaceful venue aimed to fulfil the wishes of the people of Khaatumo state.
The Parliament, as a primary institution, has been a long time coming. Khatumites have endured months of sabotages, deaths and destruction to reach such a milestone. Against all odds, the will of the people had prevailed as the anticipated transformation took place in Sahdher town in the face of taunting security threat.
Soon, the process of electing the President and Vice-President of Khaatumo state of Somalia will be launched. In the upcoming sessions, the Parliament is also expected to review the provisional Khaatumo constitution and debate possible amendments to ensure compatibility with the federal constitution. In addition, the task of establishing parliamentary committee is in the plan as well.
Now that Khaatumo state has a permanent administration, the federal government is urged to carry out its obligations to build collaborative relationship. It’s in the interest of the Horn of Africa region to ascertain that Somali national resources be delivered in an equitable manner. Detouring humanitarian aid will no longer be excusable. The international agencies have now the opportunity of using direct channels of communication to facilitate development assistance and capacity-building, especially in the areas of institutional development.
Khaatumo Forum for Peace, Unity and Development