Democratization in Puntland (direct participation of people in the political process through free choice in multi-political parties) starts with a genuine commitment to and belief in something bigger than oneself, devoid of any consideration for self-interest and political expediency of the power and government of the day. The legacy of it is something worthy fighting for, for the sake of contribution to humanity and human progress. Not doing this after 17 years of statehood is truely mediocrity.
Published by Ismail Warsame
About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org View all posts by Ismail Warsame