Somali leaders approve draft constitution
President, prime minister and four other leaders sign provisional charter that UN claims was seven years in the making.
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2012 01:13
President of Somalia Sharif Sheik Ahmed, right, was among those who approved the draft constitution [EPA]

Political leaders from Somalia have approved a draft constitution the United Nations says was almost seven years in the making.

Somalia is undergoing several political transitions over the next two months, including the adoption of the constitution by an assembly of elders, the voting in of a new parliament and the election of a new president by the lawmakers.

Those steps must take place before August 20.

Somali leaders on Friday approved the draft constitution. The president, prime minister and four other leaders signed the document at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said the constitution is only provisional until Somali citizens can vote on it. The country's security situation doesn't yet allow for such a nationwide vote.


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