Somalia: Puntland Considers New Political Direction

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The new regional Government in Puntland is considering new political move related to the recent political dispensation by the Federal Government of Somalia, sources close to the regional presidency claim. The nominations of several political positions in the Federal Government that went to the Dir Clan such as the powerful Deputy Prime Minister, Central Bank Governor,  Minister of Constitution,  Supreme Court Judge and the Attorney Genaral raise concerns in Puntland. Puntland claims that these moves indicate a new political direction by Farmaajo’s government which solidly puts Puntland in the periphery. For this reason, Puntland is considering its own response that may include secession.

Current visit in UAE by President Deni of Puntland  is a response to the political move in Mogadishu. Recent tension between UAE and the Somali Government has not been resolved. In addition, the UAE is building a military base in the Secessionist region of Somaliland.

President Farmaajo has invited the regional Presidents to Mogadishu on April 19-23 for discussion, it is unlikely that President Deni will accept this invitation.  Other powerful Regional Presidents in Galmudug and Jubbaland are also expected to decline this invitation.

Somalia continues to suffer from weak leadership and internal squabbles with immense economic and security problems. The new tensions between Puntland and the Federal Government of Somalia may  painfully unravel the current Federal Government and increase the hardship suffered by the Somali people.

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