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    Somalia Government - 2004
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    SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Somalia
      former: Somali Republic, Somali Democratic Republic

      Government type:
      no permanent national government; transitional, parliamentary national government

      Capital:
      Mogadishu

      Administrative divisions:
      18 regions (plural - NA, singular - gobolka); Awdal, Bakool, Banaadir, Bari, Bay, Galguduud, Gedo, Hiiraan, Jubbada Dhexe, Jubbada Hoose, Mudug, Nugaal, Sanaag, Shabeellaha Dhexe, Shabeellaha Hoose, Sool, Togdheer, Woqooyi Galbeed

      Independence:
      1 July 1960 (from a merger of British Somaliland, which became independent from the UK on 26 June 1960, and Italian Somaliland, which became independent from the Italian-administered UN trusteeship on 1 July 1960, to form the Somali Republic)

      National holiday:
      Foundation of the Somali Republic, 1 July (1960); note - 26 June (1960) in Somaliland

      Constitution:
      25 August 1979, presidential approval 23 September 1979
      note: the Transitional National Government formed in August 2000 had a three-year mandate to create a new constitution and hold elections, this goal was not achieved but the process is ongoing

      Legal system:
      no national system; Shari'a and secular courts are in some localities

      Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: ABDIKASSIM Salad Hassan (since 26 August 2000); note - as of December 2002, there was no executive branch in southern Somalia; Interim President ABDIKASSIM was chosen for a three-year term by a 245-member National Assembly serving as a transitional government but has little power; the political situation, particularly in the south, with interclan fighting and random banditry, remains fluid
      election results: ABDIKASSIM Salad Hassan was elected president of an interim government at the Djibouti-sponsored Arta Peace Conference on 26 August 2000 by a broad representation of Somali clans that comprised a transitional National Assembly
      head of government: Prime Minister Muhammad Abdi YUSUF (since 8 December 2003)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the prime minister and sworn in on 20 October 2000; as of 1 January 2002, the Cabinet was in caretaker status following a no-confidence vote in October 2001 that ousted HASSAN's predecessor

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral National Assembly
      note: fledgling parliament; a transitional 245-member National Assembly began to meet on 13 August 2000 in the town of Arta, Djibouti and is now based in Mogadishu

      Judicial branch:
      following the breakdown of national government, most regions have reverted to either Islamic (Shari'a) law with a provision for appeal of all sentences, or traditional clan-based arbitration

      Political parties and leaders:
      none

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      numerous clan and subclan factions are currently vying for power

      International organization participation:
      ACP, AfDB, AFESD, AMF, AU, CAEU, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IGAD, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ITU, LAS, NAM, OIC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      Somalia does not have an embassy in the US (ceased operations on 8 May 1991); note - the TNG and other factions have representatives in Washington and at the United Nations

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      the US does not have an embassy in Somalia; US interests are represented by the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya at Mombasa Road; mailing address: P. O. Box 30137, Unit 64100, Nairobi; APO AE 09831; telephone: [254] (2) 537800; FAX [254] (2) 537810

      Flag description:
      light blue with a large white five-pointed star in the center; blue field influenced by the flag of the UN

      Government - note:
      although an interim government was created in 2000 other governing bodies continue to exist and control various cities and regions of the country, including Somaliland, Puntland, and traditional clan and faction strongholds


      NOTE: The information regarding Somalia on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Somalia Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Somalia Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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