21April2014

The Future Constitutional Structure of the Somali Republic: Federal or Decentralized Unitary State?

 By Abdirazak Haji Hussein (Prime Minister of  the Somali Republic,1964-1967)

1. Introduction

I begin with a compressed background to the current plight of  Somalia. Second, I will offer brief comments on the frequently  raised option of a “federal state.” Third, I will advance the value  of a “decentralized unitary” version that I advocate. I will conclude with brief reflections on the necessity for a combination of a particular type of administrative cadre and a cohort of extraordinary political leadership.

Waxaan qoraalkan walaalahayga Soomaaliyeed ee loo doortay mudanayaasha baarlamaanka , ku weydiisanlahaa inay ka xoroobaan ama ka madaxbannaanaadaan arrinka aan aan ku tilmaamay adoonsiga qabyaaladda.

Qabyaaladda oo qofka ka mamnuucda inuu fikirkiisa si xor ah u cabiro, qaastan markii loolan qabiil ama xamaasad qabiil la oogo. Arrinkaas oo cabsi looga qabo in la adeegsao doorashada hoggaanka dalka oo ayaamaha soo socda dhici doonta.

Waxaan wada ogsoonahay in dadka Soomaalidu ay ka kala tirsan yihiin qabiilooyin. Qabiilooyinkaas oo in badan oo wanaag ah dhexdooda qabsada. Waxaa dhacda in qof dhibaato haysa ay ka samatabixiyaan dadka ay sku qabiilka yihiin. Sidoo kale waxaa dhacda in ilma agoona, qof xanuunsan oo dad jilicsan qabiilku uu u gargaaro. Waxaan

The Somali people desperately need miracles, as they hope for peace and an accountable government in their land.

For over the two decades, sectarian Somali leaders and their international patrons dominated political transitions in the country. The end results of these affairs have been perpetual political instability, endless violence and the misery for the population without any one being held accountable.

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