End President's Mandate On November 6, UN Tells Somali Leadership

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Monday September 05, 2016 - 13:47:07 in News In English by Xafiiska Muqdisho
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    End President's Mandate On November 6, UN Tells Somali Leadership

    The mandate of the President should end on November 6, 2016 and a moratorium be effected to ensure the Federal Government and Parliament do not take any major decisions, the UN has said.

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The mandate of the President should end on November 6, 2016 and a moratorium be effected to ensure the Federal Government and Parliament do not take any major decisions, the UN has said.

In a letter seen exclusively UN Special Envoy Michael Keating has called on the National Leadership Forum which is set to meet this week to come up with a clear date when the mandate of the President lapses.

"The NLF should agree on a clear date when the mandate of the President/the executive comes to an end. 

We propose that this should be no later than one week after the envisaged date of the Presidential election (30 October), i.e. 6 November 2016. 

We also propose that you agree that a moratorium period should take effect immediately, during which the Federal Government and the Federal Parliament refrain from taking any major decisions,” the letter reads.

Constitutional timeframe

The NLF announced in August the President will stay in office until the election of a new president on October 30. 

President Hassan Sheikh’s term is constitutionally set to come to an end on September 10 while that of Parliament ended on August 19 but the House voted to extend its stay until the tenth Parliament is in place. 

Addressing a range of other issues, the letter warned the NLF against reopening any talks regarding the electoral formula observing such a move could ‘unravel the original compromise reached at the end of last year and based on which the Upper House was included in the electoral process.
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