Somali president outlines his achievements as he opens Parliament

MOGADISHU, July 8 (Xinhua) — Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo on Saturday opened the second parliamentary plenary session of the 10th Parliament after two months of recess where he outlined his achievements since taking office early this year.

In his address to both Houses of Parliament, Farmaajo who highlighted the government’s progress including consistency in paying salaries and wages for all government employees and efforts in controlling the free flow of illegal arms.

He said he has succeeded in operationalizing an integrated special stabilization force for the capital and strengthening of cooperation between the central government and the federal states.

The Somali leader who was elected early this year said his government has been successful in regaining control of the Somali airspace, has made huge progress in negotiating for agreements to free Somali prisoners in foreign countries and reclaiming Somalia’s cosignatory status for aid funds earmarked for development in Somalia.

Farmaajo confessed that a lot is expected from the government including ensuring security and stability, justice sector reform, recreating sound economic infrastructure, strengthening foreign policies and relations, upgrading government institutions and public reconciliation.

He also emphasized the need to have separate organs of the government to work closely together to achieve development goals.

Unity and reconciliation of Somalis is one of the key issues President Farmaajo promised to pursue after being inaugurated as the ninth president of Somalia.

XINHUA

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