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UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating,

Somalia: MPs urged to pass laws to strengthen rule of law and promote democracy

UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating,

MOGADISHU, July 9 (Xinhua) — The UN top envoy in Somalia on Sunday called on lawmakers to meet numerous expectations of the Somalis by passing key legislations to strengthen the rule of law and promote democracy.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, who welcomed the opening of the Somali Parliament said the real sovereignty for Somalia depends upon the country reducing its dependency upon others.

“The Somali parliament can make a decisive contribution to progress by passing key legislation, including the electoral law, legislation enabling a constitutional review and revenue generating laws,” Keating said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

He said the current parliament has stronger credentials than its predecessors and is fundamentally important to Somalia’s future success.

He added that real sovereignty for Somalia depends upon the country its ability to raise revenues and shapes its own agenda, particularly to strengthen security and the rule of law, advance peace and reconciliation and engage Somalia’s amazing entrepreneurial spirit and private sector to create jobs.

“The expectations of it by the Somali people are high. This is a unique moment. The big question is whether this parliament will be able to seize the political opportunity Somalia now faces, whether in terms of the legitimacy of the Federal Government, its own credibility including 25 percent women, and in terms of high levels of international support for Somalia,” said Keating.

He said the international community and UN system remain committed to working with the parliament to achieve concrete results for the benefit of the people of Somalia.

Source: Xinhua

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