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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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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