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PUNTLAND MULTI-PARTY SYSTEM AND ITS FIRST BABY-STEPS ARE MOST WELCOME

Garowe, August 24, 2020

Barely one month has elapsed since Puntland political associations got registered legally here. However, one already notices the beginning of diversity of political views in the State. It no longer looks like one-party government, where everybody has to conform to the system of One-man Rule known here as “Madax-Ka-Nool”.

But, the people of Puntland had been deeply impacted by the dictates of two decades of one-party legacy and intolerance to opposition that had been instituted and taken deep roots in the minds of people. Don’t be surprised if you see Puntland political figures and parties attacking one another publicly, instead of welcoming unconventional views and diversity of political opinions. 

Welcome to Puntland New Era of Democratization. At start, it will be as painful as it would be rewarding and worth fighting for.

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The Alternative To “New NN Policy”

By Abdifahid Yassin, Garowe, Puntland.

Flash back to Ismail’ old post (Banadir Political fallacy, Sept 2, 2019) that reflected Hawiye/Banadir Region’s political dominance as being serious obstacle to any national unity, reiterating it as Somalia’s political failure was very true and the “New NN Policy” noticed that obstacle now. My response to that post then, in which I recommended Mudug politicians to take the lead, was also true in its essence that these people and their strategic position in Somalia, have what it takes to move Somalia to a new level. The New NN policy in the plan now is to have a Mudug politician, particularly hailing from Galkaio as the new PM to spearhead its political agenda. What I also would like is that “the would-be PM” forms his new cabinet that too include a minister (Internal Affairs) from Galkaio, who is decently influential, not corrupt and has the leverage to reconnect and act as bridge between Puntland and the Federal Government. I hope the “New NN PM with solid consultations with the President will do the right steps to ensure that Galkaio gets the right politician that will not only lead it into political stability but also support its planned mega projects that will eventually pave the way it to be the next potential Capital City of Somalia

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Postscript:
In the first picture, they are from left: Abdullahi Dhere, Abdirahman Aideed Dabdable, Abdullahi Yusuf, Dr Hassan Ali Mire and Abdukadir Isbarije.

In the 2nd photo, they are from left: Abdirahman Ashkir Gurac (Bolonyo), a Libyan military expert, Abdirizak Omar Haji, Abdullahi Haji Elmi, Abdullahi Yusuf and a picture that look like Dahir Mire Jibril, who is still the only alive.