Somalia: Puntland leader defends govt decision on relations with Federal Govt


The President of Somalia’s Puntland Government Abdirahman Mohamed Farole called on Puntland people to unite against enemy and work with the government during Thursday’s Eid celebration speech, Garowe Online reports.

Addressing thousands of congregants who attended Eid Al Fitr prayers at Mire Awaare stadium in Puntland capital of Garowe, President Farole said that Puntland has been a leading pioneer for the past 15 years and working for the development of Somalia to get representative government through inclusive processes, peace is still elusive in southern Somalia.

Also attending the prayers were Puntland Vice President Gen. Abdisamad Ali Shire, Parliament Speaker Abdirashid Mohamed Hirsi, Ministers, Parliamentarians, Islamic scholars, traditional elders and crowds of worshipers.

Speaking about the cooperation between Puntland and the Somali Federal Government (SFG) in Mogadishu, President Farole defended his government’s recent decision of suspend cooperation with Mogadishu-based federal government and said the government [Puntland] remained committed to seek “legitimate and more representative federal government” which is expected to gain huge trust throughout Somalia.

“Tampering with the Federal Constitution is an illegal and destructive move and could pave the way further fragmentation and mistrust in Somalia, and this among the serious reasons why Puntland decided to suspend relations with Federal Government,” added President Farole.

Continuing, the president said: “You also aware that Puntland will hold presidential elections on 8 January 2014, thus the traditional elders are really required to select academics and talented Puntland MPs, not political spoilers or anti peace elements who are known for their violent activities. Enemies of Puntland want to infiltrate troublemakers into Puntland Parliament but we are vigilant against them”.

Concluding, President Farole prayed for the unity of Puntland people, asking God to award the righteous, to bestow peace on Somalis and to forgive the sinners.

Following the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, the occasion of festivity and happiness of Eid Al Fitr celebrations was marked across the Muslim world on Thursday August 8, 2013.


Source: Garowe Online