August 2, 2012 ·4 Comments
Somali delegates read the book of the constitution during the National Constituent Assembly meeting in Mogadishu.(Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)
MOGADISHU — Delegates agreed Wednesday to a new draft constitution for Soma that is meant to help the violence-torn East African country return to stability. The delegates finished their deliberations despite a suicide bombing outside the conference. Two bombers were involved in the attack, with one of them killing six security officers, the police said. The other attacker was shot and killed before he could detonate his bomb, they said. The Shabaab, a group linked to Al Qaeda, said they were behind the attack.
he draft constitution will replace an eight-year old Transitional Federal Charter. The draft is to be subjected to a nationwide referendum as soon as security improves, according to a representative for the African Union Commission for Somalia. The Shabaab were driven out of Mogadishu late last year and are struggling to hold on to territory elsewhere in the face of attacks by Kenyan, Ethiopian and African Union forces trying to prevent Islamist insurgencies from spreading out from Somalia.
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