He is increasingly looking like the current President of Puntland, totally oblivous to the fact that he was one six years ago; tried to get re-elected president to lose narrowly; never gave up and got elected Puntland Senator in the Federal Upper Chamber. Thus, Puntland public expected him to vigorously represent the State in Mogadishu political conundrum
Instead, he is stuck in Garowe politics and don’t shy away getting involved in Puntland presidential politics here. He is all over the place and everywhere in every political activities in every given day in Garowe, just in the way and culture some Puntland Traditional Elders are doing instead of minding about their own tribal assignments, a new phenomenon in tribal culture unknown elsewhere in Somalia, and certainly not in Northeast Regions before the foundation of Puntland State.
It is an accepted and appropriate protocol requirement all over the civilized world that former presidents should avoid being entangled in presidential politics after they leave office. That is to avoid confusion in the public mind as to who is in charge of the country’s affairs, and most importantly, to avoid over-shadowing the administration of the day.
At his term in office, former President Faroole preferred Abdullahi Yusuf to be exiled, but, now he wants his influence and presence to be felt in Garowe perpetually. That is not a normal behavior of a former President. He should let others, who replaced him, govern independently.
A former president has a huge influence in the society. A lot of former politicians and appointees are still attached to him, and his visible presence in town impacts negatively on the new president and makes the country a bit ungovernable and people confused.
President Faroole should be mindful of unnecessary political complications his visible presence and political activities inside Puntland may entail.
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: email@example.com
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