Today's decision by the Federal Government of Somalia on a model for the electoral process in August this year is an essential step for the country. The comprehensive national consultations in the past months and the spirit of compromise demonstrate the commitment of the Somali Federal and regional leadership to put Somalia's interest first.
The pledge that women and minorities should play a significant role is important.
Somalia's executive, legislature and regions should now work with determination to implement today's decision to meet the constitutional deadline and ensure a peaceful, legitimate, inclusive and transparent electoral process for the Somali people.
The EU stands ready to support Somalia in these efforts.