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Somalia: Puntland State Approves New Constitution

(July 6, 2009) On June 21, 2009, Somalia's Puntland State's parliament adopted a new constitution which is said to have 141 provisions and which, for the first time in Puntland's history, provides for the introduction of a multiparty political system. According to the speaker of the Puntland parliament, the Constitution received overwhelming support, with 49 members voting in its favor, while three voted no and three abstained. (Puntland Parliament Passes New Constitution, GAROWEONLINE, June 29, 2009, available at

Puntland is a region in the northeastern part of Somalia and is composed of the Bari, Nugal, Mudug, Sanaag, Sool, Ayn, and Karkaar regions. On May 5, 1998, it became the Puntland regional state, with its own three-branch governmental system. It is not seeking world recognition as an independent state and hopes to be part of a future Federal State of Somalia. (Puntland State Profile, Puntland State of Somalia portal, (last visited June 30, 2009).)