Berbera Port Bill Awaits Farmaajo Signature To Be Law After Upper House Approval
Somalia’s Upper House of Parliament on Thursday voted to approve legislation to nullify the Tripartite Berbera Port deal and the ban of UAE operator DP World from Somalia. 28 Senators in favour of the legislation while 6 voted no. 1 Senator abstained. The bill now awaits ascension of the President to make it law. The bill was on Monday passed by the Lower House overwhelmingly. Out of the 170 MPs 168 voted in favour of the legislation, 1 abstained and 1 rejected. The legislation is also to affect the concession of the Bossasso Port in the semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland. The tripartite $1Bn Berbera Port deal has brewed a diplomatic row between Somalia and UAE. Somalia has termed the deal illegal saying it was not consulted while breakaway Somaliland asserts it has the rights to make own deals as an "independent country".