Garowe, May 1, 2019 – In 2017, just one year after the inauguration of Farmaajo Presidency, it was clear to Villa Somalia that the Centre (Federal Government) and prepheries (Regional States) were not on the same page with regards to Somalia’s governance and the way forward. Cooperation stalled. Villa Somalia embarked on the road to regime change in constituent federal states, using huge unaccountable black-market cash from the tiny Gulf state of Qatar to bribe opportunistic local politicians and social activists, thus creating disharmony and disunity among residents of regional states. In self-defence, states launched a common self-preservation pact, the “Regional Cooperation Council” headed by equally political opportunist with a PhD in government and economics from USA Havard Kennedy school of Government, Dr. Abdiwelli Mohamed Ali Gaas of Puntland. The confrontation produced some results for Villa Somalia with the removal of Sharif Hassan, the president of Southwest State and Abdiwelli Gaas with the extension of financial support to his political opponents in Puntland Election in January 8, 2019. Although, there is a lull now in the tug-of-war between the Centre and prepheries, the fight is still on with wait and see attitude towards the New Puntland Administration of President Said Abdullahi Deni, but on track with regards to GalMudugh and Jubaland administrations.
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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