We have been saying all along that a political move in democratization by Puntland State would lead the way to free and elections in Somalia. It is happening today. It is the beginning of an era in Somalia’s politics, which heralds the overdue process of the rule of law and the power of the citizen. This will really have domino effect in the rest of Somalia.
The presence of the members of the international community and Somalia’s civil society as observers of these pilot elections in three districts of Puntland State is an indication of the overwhelming support and best wishes for the success of this gigantic endeavor by the people of Puntland State. It is a great step forward for the people of Somalia in a troubled nation.
About the blogger:
This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2004. 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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