Ask Amb. Ahmed Awad about an iota of contribution Abdulqasim Arta Government had made for Somalia. Instead, he should be talking about the role he personally played during the formation of Arta Faction in destabilizing a still nascent Puntland State, on behest of Ismail Omar Ghueleh, Abdulqasim and Ali Khalif Galayr.

Arta Faction leader, Abdulqasim Salad Hassan, in which Mr. Ahmed Awad had been serving did harmfully what even Mogadishu Warlords of Aydiid and Ali Mahdi shied away: Disturbing the gentleman’s Agreement during the Civil War not to disturb the few remaining diplomatic corps in Somali Embassies still operational in some countries, mostly Arab countries, by trying to staff with his own cronies. By doing this, Abdulqasim had effectively destroyed what was left of Somalia’s spoils of the Civil War.

He still refers Arta Faction as the 3rd Somali Republic, when people know this Federal Republic is the 2nd. Thus, he believes military coups create republics. Military coups overthrow existing governments, not found republics as General Siyaad Barre did in 1969. The First Somali Republic lasted until 1991. The 2nd Federal Republic of Somalia was founded in 2004, in exile in Mbagati, Kenya, and continue to exist today.

Further, he either ignores or shamelessly doesn’t know the official name of Puntland State of Somalia ( in Somali, Dawladda Puntland ee Soomaaliya) by repeatedly hearsing “Dawlad-Gobolleedka Puntland”. He could simply said, Puntland State (Dawladda Puntland or Xukuumadda Puntland). He sounded like a resident of Banadir Region new to the correct names of the Federal Member States. A Puntland State official could feel awkward to correct him without causing him an embarrassment. His bosses don’t know any better for they wouldn’t have endorsed his skewed historical credit to defunct Arta Faction.


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Postscript: For the benefit of those who arn’t familiar with the history of the case, it took several countries and many Somali statesmen to persuade Mr. Abdul Qasim Salad Hassan, after a distant defeat in Mbagati Presidential Election, to shake hands with late Abdullahi Yusuf, and accept reality. There was no transfer of power as there was none, not even TNG documents.

According to Minister Ahmed Awad’s thinking, if Suudi Yalaxow were to overthrow N&N Government today, he would name it “The 4th Somali Republic”.

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:

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