Chronology of Events
Minister for Women's Development announces at a press conference that the Council of Ministers has agreed in principle to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Council of Ministers also agrees to set up a committee to look into harmonizing...UNPOS intensifies its efforts to establish its political footprints in Somalia following a round of high level consultations in Somaliland with a delegation led by UNPOS Deputy SRSG.In Puntland, the...SRSG Ould-Abdallah bids farewell to Ambassador Nicholas Bwakira and is introduced to his successor Mr. Diarra as the new Special Representative of the Chairperson of African Union Commission for Somalia.Insecurity continues in South-Central Somalia amid power struggle within the ranks of the insurgent groups, Al-Shabab and Hizbul Islam.A suicide bomber kills 23 people, including three ministers in the Transitional Federal Government, parents, students, professors and journalists who are attending a Banaadir University ceremony at the Hotel Shamow for new graduating doctors. Although...A report from IGAD Ministerial meeting in Djibouti, attended by the SRSG, reaffirms its commitment and support to the Somali peace process and welcomes a draft budget presented by the Government of Somalia.The SRSG chairs a meeting of the High Level Committee in Nairobi attended by Somali Prime Minister. The SRSG appeals to the participants to continue working as a team in pursuit of stabilisation of Somalia. PM Sharmarke briefs the meeting on the political...The International Contact Group meeting takes place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Issues discussed include discussion on mechanisms for coordination and support between the TFG and the international community, the TFG's strategy to reach out to those remaining...The last Ethiopian Forces leave Mogadishu, following an announcement in early November 2008 by the Ethiopian Government that it would withdraw its forces from Somalia by the end of the year. The troops began vacating key locations on 13 January 2009.At a Djibouti conference, the Somalia's Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP) votes in favour of expanding the Parliament. Members agree that 200 seats will be reserved for the ARS and 75 seats for civil society and opposition members not in the ARS.