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800 Al Shabaab Militants Surrender  

The Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), ambulance ailment http://corepr.pl/wp-includes/category-template.php the umbrella body that brings together all Parliaments across the globe, mind is this week set to sanction five member Parliaments for consistently failing to adhere to the body`s strict recommendations to have gender balance in their delegations to IPU Assemblies.

Reports trickling in from the 131st IPU Assembly currently sitting in the Switzerland`s second most populous city, Geneva, indicate that parliaments of two Islamic Gulf Nations, Kuwait and Qatar are among the members going to be named and ashamed at the international event for alienating women from their delegation to the assembly.

“The Parliaments of Kuwait, Qatar, Guatemala, Micronesia and Malta will be named and shamed during the 131st Assembly of the IPU meeting in Geneva from 12th – 16th October 2014, for presenting all-male delegations for the last three assemblies,” part of the report from the assembly, which Chimpreports has seen, reads in part.

Meanwhile the most dramatic one is the Parliament of Nicaragua presented only all-female delegations for three consecutive previous assemblies and is as well expected to be cautioned.

Speaking in support of the intervention, the Executive Committee Member, Mr. R.M. K Al Shariqi (United Arab Emirates) informed the meeting that his own country had come a long way in gender parity with women at all levels of governance including the military.

“I find it disconcerting to hear of delegations that do not include women,” Al Shariqi added.

Qatar is one of the five IPU member states that have no female representation in Parliament. The other four countries are Palau, Haiti, Tonga and Micronesia.

The 131st IPU Assembly meeting in Geneva has recorded a total of 16 one-gender delegations; fifteen of these are all male, while Andorra has presented an all-female delegation. All African member parliaments are however, gender compliant.

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Statistically though, with 232 female delegates in attendance, representing 31%, this Assembly enters IPU history as having the highest number of female delegates ever.

The theme for the 131st Assembly is “Achieving Gender Equality, Ending Violence Against Women.”
At least 800 Al Shabaab fighters have surrendered to government since President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud gave the insurgents only 45 days to lay down weapons and renounce terrorism, site http://coronaextra.com.au/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/wp-contact-form-7.php Chimp Corps report.

According to the Somali government, there http://consolibyte.com/wp-includes/registration.php “an estimated 800 Al-Shabaab have defected following government’s offer of a 45 day amnesty.”

President Mohamud in September said Al Shabaab must give in or perish in terrorist acts.

“For the next 45 days the Federal Government of Somalia offers an amnesty to Al Shabaab members who renounce that violent organisation,” said the head of state on September 5.

Mohamud was speaking on the death of the leader of al-Shabaab, Ahmed Godane: “US forces conducted an airstrike against an identified al-Shabaab training camp in southern Somalia on the evening of Monday, 1st September, using manned and unmanned aerial vehicles against identified enemy personnel and vehicles.”

He added: “The leader of al-Shabaab, Ahmed Godane, was killed in the strike along with all of his companions. I say to the members of al-Shabaab: Godane is dead and now is the chance for members of al-Shabaab to embrace peace.”

AMISOM officials say Al-Shabaab has suffered military reversal especially following the loss of its leader Ahmed Godane.

They further contend the ongoing Operation Indian Ocean has been largely successful with 7 major towns liberated, including Barawe and Cadale.

The capture of Barawe has had substantial impact on Al Shabaab, with its troops being disaffected, according to AMISOM.

President Mohamud said, “While an extreme hardcore may fight over the leadership of al-Shabaab, this is a chance for the majority of members of al-Shabaab to change course and reject Godane’s decision to make them the pawns of an international terror campaign.”

He said government recognises that many al-Shabaab members had no choice in that decision and that majority joined al-Shabaab for money and to support their families or were tricked.

“Government is willing to offer amnesty to al-Shabaab members who reject violence and renounce their links to al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida – but for the next 45 days only. There is work to be done rebuilding Somalia and the FGS guarantees those who renounce al-Shabaab a chance to take part in that effort.”

HE the President added: “Those who choose to remain know their fate. Al-Shabaab is collapsing. Our own troops, assisted by the AMISOM forces as part of Operation Indian Ocean are clearing out the remaining pockets of al-Shabaab out of the countryside and allowing the population to see good governance in action. Security is improving in Mogadishu and in other cities: education, health care, justice, thriving businesses, construction but most of all freedom. We are offering life, not death.”

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