THE NEW PRESIDENT OF PUNTLAND STATE OF SOMALIA HAS HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

TAYEEN & TIIGSI (QUALIFY & ASPIRE) is the Election Campaign Slogan of the New Puntland President, Said Abdullahi Deni.

Now that the election is over, the President immediately had taken first bold steps by claiming ownership of issues: he had held important meetings with commanders of the security forces, instructed civil servants to return to their duties and gave a number of directives to the officials of the Ministry of finance. The initial administrative measures indicate the President had already hit the ground running. It is yet to be seen though how the President will handle the serious challenges facing Puntland: runaway corruption in government, multiplication and overlapping of ministerial portfolios, mandates and their unsustainable numeracy and cumbersome inefficiency.

TAYEEN and TIIGSI will be put into the test within the next 100 days.

By Ismail H. Warsame

Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

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: ismailwarsame@gmail.com

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