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SOMALIA: Puntland to hold referendum in two years

NAIROBI, 24 April 2001 (IRIN) - A referendum on the new Puntland constitution has been put back by two years, according to a senior official from the administration in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, northeastern Somalia. Isma’il Warsame, Puntland’s chief of cabinet, told IRIN that the Puntland parliament had approved a government request to put back for two years the referendum on the new constitution. He said it was approved by a two-thirds majority on Tuesday. The parliament took into consideration economic and security factors involved in conducting such an exercise, Isma’il said. Governmental elections, due at the end of July, were not discussed, confirmed the parliamentary Speaker, Yusuf Haji Sa’id.

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