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Somalia: Farole Succumbs as Parliament Selects Abdiweli Gas as Puntland President E-mail
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 17:14

"I fully support the victory of Abdiweli and I expect him to lead the region just as well as we did," Ex-President Farole

"I am very grateful for the support of my people who trusted me to run Puntland," President Gas

After roughshodding for 8 years strongman Farole loses presidency by a one vote margin to Abdiweli Gas an Ex Somali PMAfter roughshodding for 8 years strongman Farole loses presidency by a one vote margin to Abdiweli Gas an Ex Somali PM

Somalilandsun - Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, a former Somali prime minister, has been elected president of the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia which is struggling to shed its image as a pirate haven and is still threatened by Islamist militants.

An economist by training, Ali was elected by lawmakers by the narrowest of margins, scoring 33 votes in the third round of polling, just one more than incumbent President Abdurahman Mohamed Farole. One vote was spoilt.

The 66 lawmakers who cast their votes were appointed last month by clan elders in the poverty-stricken region, which forms the tip of the Horn of Africa and makes up around a third of Somalia's territory.

"I am very grateful for the support of my people who trusted me to run Puntland," Ali, in his late forties, told those assembled at the parliament building.

President Gaas inherits a pirate tarnished imagePresident Gaas inherits a pirate tarnished imageIncumbent Farole accepted defeat gracefully, wished his rival well and said the election had been "clean and democratic".

"I'm very proud of the way it has been handled," he said.

"I fully support the victory of Abdiweli and I expect him to lead the region just as well as we did," Farole said.

Puntland set up its own government in 1998, but unlike neighbouring Somaliland, it has not declared full independence. The region has struggled to rebuild after years of war, and in addition to battling pockets of Shebab in the mountains has struggled to stamp out pirate bases along its coast.

The vote went into a third round after no candidate succeeded in obtaining a two-thirds majority in the first two rounds.

International Crisis Group said it was watching the elections closely as Puntland is the first of Somalia's federal units to attempt the tricky transition from clan-based representation to directly-elected government. The rest of the war-torn Horn of Africa nation has committed to make the same transition by 2016.

"Puntland's experience shows that donors and other international actors also need to be heedful of local political realities, including support of elites, robustness of institutions and viability of electoral districts," the think-tank said in a report published ahead of the polls.

The Puntland authorities were taking no chances with security Wednesday. Roads into the capital Garowe have been closed since Tuesday evening and the area round the parliament building is closed even to pedestrians.

In early December a car bomb in Puntland's main port Bosaso, which lies on the Gulf of Aden, left at least 11 dead.

Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents operate from the rugged Golis mountains southwest of Bosaso, a lawless region under longtime control of warlord, arms dealer and Shebab ally Mohamed Said Atom, who is under UN Security Council sanctions for "kidnapping, piracy and terrorism."

Shebab fighters have in the past launched attacks on military bases near Bosaso.

Six out of the 17 people who were initially candidates dropped out, many of them discouraged by a non-refundable to be missed most is Farole's warmongeringto be missed most is Farole's warmongeringinscription fee of 10,000 dollars.

Observers said that the fact all 11 candidates who stayed in the race were from the Majerten, itself a sub-clan of the regionally dominant Darood group, increased the chances of the poll going ahead peacefully.

Elections were originally due to have been held in July, but they were postponed by the government, which at the time said the risk of violence was too great.

Sapa-AFP

 

Comments

 
-1 # LOOOOL 2014-01-08 18:14
Puntland was here since majertan kingdom we are role models for all Somalis we are nothing compared to issaqs who lick white ppls back who would sell their daughters for white man to notice them #godblesspuntla nd #MJKings
 
 
-1 # Abdiwahab 2014-01-08 19:09
No...majertens r the prostitutes of africa lol
 
 
-1 # Hawiye 2014-01-08 19:33
Amino Boqor osman Was given to an Italian soldier so Boqor Osman can have all the Midgaan clan's farms in Nugaal and Mudug.
 
 
+2 # Obsiye 2014-01-08 20:22
This is not a democracy, how can a man who got a totally of 33 vote out of the whole state of pirateland can be called democrat.
The 0e democracy in whole of east Africa in exception of Kenya is Somaliland, where one man0one women vote and elected a 0e leader. What had happen here in pirateland is a joke.
 
 
0 # Guest 2014-01-08 21:34
Since Puntland , Somaliland, societies are both based on clannish systems why not put to good use. Clan reps, elders, and chiefs send their 0sted MPs to Garowe to vote on their behalf for their best issues and interest promised candidate.
FYI, Those 33 votes are MPs representing a ton of people each, and is a kind of democracy suitable in the region at this time, and is a lot better than the huuhaa everywhere waste time and money Somaliland show-off that produced the worst possible backward Kulmiye do nothing party.
Why waste money on One man0one women vote when a better suitable and in advancing vastly for raising Puntland’s living standards than those others in the region esp Somaliland0Soma lia.
Puntland has just completed the most transparent election ever that resulted in a peaceful transfer of power in the horn of Africa. Congratulations President-elect Abdiweli.
 
 
+1 # Layla 2014-01-09 05:27
[quote name="Guest"]Si nce Puntland , Somaliland, societies are both based on clannish systems why not put to good use. Clan reps, elders, and chiefs send their 0sted MPs to Garowe to vote on their behalf for their best issues and interest promised candidate.
FYI, Those 33 votes are MPs representing a ton of people each, and is a kind of democracy suitable in the region at this time, and is a lot better than the huuhaa everywhere waste time and money Somaliland show-off that produced the worst possible backward Kulmiye do nothing party.
Why waste money on One man0one women vote when a better suitable and in advancing vastly for raising Puntland’s living standards than those others in the region esp Somaliland0Soma lia.
Puntland has just completed the most transparent election ever that resulted in a peaceful transfer of power in the horn of Africa. Congratulations President-elect Abdiweli.[0quot e]

Guest: Did these incoming cawaar ibliis bribe you? What democracy are you talking? 33 Selected men who received bribes from the highest bidder, Is your kind of Democracy. Why Mj"s only as president of Pirate bukhland are you not the ones who cry for fagash land. You Sound a hypocrite straighten your facts. Your bukhland aint't matching Somaliland standards. long life Somaliland
 
 
+1 # Hawiye 2014-01-08 21:44
Maybe if Faroole allowed a full population count their secret would be discovered :)

There is less then 1million people in Bari + Nugaal and N.Mudug.

That is why MJ are desperate for Dhulbanti and WaarSaanGeli to increase their numbers.

Come 2016 Muuqdisho Election MJ will be given the Wasiir of Nadafada Dalka.
 
 
-1 # Abdi 2014-01-08 23:16
2016 election Somaliland is included as projected.
 
 
+2 # KULUC 2014-01-08 20:58
Abdiwali was the only Bugland's presidential candidate who came to Badhan and campaigned that he would, if elected, liberate sool, sanaag and cayn from Somailand. through the means of force. The worst and most myopic politicians are those who promise the sky during election campaign trails and become unable to deliver their promises after the election. It is my belief that however much Abdiwali deludes himself that Majeerteens are staunch allies of the natives of Badhan, Sool and Cayn by birth, it would do well to remember that Somaliland would not ditch a fraction of its sovereignity at any rate.
 
 
-3 # Mad Mullah 2014-01-08 21:46
The so called peace of the NORTH is about to end...

Muuqdisho will soon be the only peaceful place in the Horn
 
 
+1 # Omer Hussein Dualeh 2014-01-08 21:18
Our forces should be moved to the borders, and if this so-called President of the tiny enclave of Majeerteen in Somalia, tries stupidly interfere our domestic affairs face a drastic action. We can concur Garowe within hours.

Puqland must understand that interference with our borders carry heavy penalty.
 
 
-1 # Mad Mullah 2014-01-08 21:47
Somaliland does not wish to invest in WAR.

Abdi wali will take advantage of this to END the Dialogue process between Muuqdisho & Hargeisa.
 
 
+1 # PuntlandGeezer PIS 2014-01-08 21:30
Now we must retake SSC.
 
 
-1 # Guest 2014-01-08 21:48
Piss u r crazy how? we will crash . :lol: :lol:
 
 
-1 # Omer Hussein Dualeh 2014-01-08 22:08
Mad Mullah & PuqlandGeezer, don't play with fire guys. Somaliland is a power to reckon. We need peace with our neighbors, but if Puntland tries any stupid interference with our domestic affairs, they face an unprecedented force.
 
 
0 # abdi 2014-01-09 02:04
absolutely. we need to learn from the policy of the colonial powers. if pirateland attacks our country, we should retaliate with an extremely disproportional force.
 
 
+2 # Mad Mullah 2014-01-09 03:11
War costs money ask Khaatumo it made them ban0pt...

I don't think there will be war and i am sure Abdi Wali will enter Tallex again soon to say thank you to his Harti relatives aslo he will send his Vp to Buhoodle soon.

Let us be real nobody wants war, it won't happen. There will be talks :) over tea

Puntland will be funded by muuqdisho who will fund Somaliland?
 
 
-1 # Guest 2014-01-08 23:52
As a daughter of Somalia, yet born in the West I am very glad that a Somali man like Abdiwali exists. He is a rare gem among the Somali men who spend their days in coffee shops gossiping away on welfare cents while they could have been like this man, educated themselves and in return are serving their country with pride. I commend Dr. Gaas and wish him much success in the next 5 years.

Now I can be say this is a Somali man to be proud of. I connected with his speech and loved it. Good Luck my fellow Somali!
 
 
+2 # Obsiye 2014-01-09 02:22
Did you know he raised his kids and family on welfare and pirate money?
Know the history of one before jumping to conclusion, apparently, you are not well informed about this guy.
 
 
+2 # Gulaid 2014-01-08 23:58
The funny thing is, the 11 candidates for presidency were all MJs and yet they are talking about democracy. The whole Puntland's political scene resembles the doomed and ugly apartheid system of South Africa where the citizens were treated as 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes. Shame on you MJs!
 
 
-3 # Musa 2014-01-09 00:22
What other choice Somalia has when MJ's men are the best all sheep and men. Infact, MJ's men are too good to0le Somalia but since no any other country is high enough, they fall back reluctantly to Puntland, the most rich women corner of Somalia. Somalia0Somalil and is MJs or a bust.
 
 
-1 # gaashaanle 2014-01-09 00:24
One vote too far! I think Faroole should be Respected for that.
 
 
0 # mohamed cheers 2014-01-09 01:20
Am more engaged with the FGS than Puntland Garowe power s0ggles.
Cheers.
 
 
-2 # Wardhigley lad 2014-01-09 05:44
Congrats to Professor Abdiweli. I wish secessionists were generous in spirit. Any good news from unionist Areas break the heart of those who want to break away. I applaud Somaliland people but abhor mindless politics of their politicians like Faisal Ali Warabeh. The dream of clan countries is on pyre . Worse Ethiopia knows If Somaliland gets its way it will claim territories we now call Ethiopia's Somali region. If it claims part of Somalia under colonial pretext it can claim Territories Britain ceded to Ethiopia on 1950s. Simple as that . Hargeisa at political war with Mogadishu and Addis Ababa !!!
 
 
+1 # hornid 2014-01-09 07:32
Djibouti is already clan country and walanweyn welcome their soldier under AMison uniform in teir own ground ..how do u exlain that??
 
 
+1 # Degodia 2014-01-09 08:04
Degodia living under Ethiopia must be liberated.

P.s Somali-Republic has failed.

Italian-Somal ia is a colony of Amisom. Free yourself instead.
 
 
+2 # Layla 2014-01-09 05:59
ilko Dawaaco out Cawaar iblish in Bukhland style democracy.33 selected thugs choose their president courtesy to the highest bidder only in fagash enclave.

one million impoverished fagash resident without any say in their destiny,Puntlan d re invention of modern Democracy. What a joke.

Cawaar's five year blue print = 1.steal as much money from Zooland and and pirateland and pay gff his Mortgage in America and safe for his retirement in the U.S.

2.Cause as much secterian divisions in Zooland and Somaliland.

3 Re organize the piracy clandestinely and share the lot with them.

4.Send more bandits to Buhoodle and sanag and cayn region.
5.Cause division and tribal wars between his own people so that to distract their attention from his reign.

Well, This are the stragedy of this in coming cawaar ibliis's agendas, therefore Somaliland should take all necessary steps starting today to cub his nasty egos.
 
 
0 # anti zion 2014-01-09 06:26
Wow. Somali tribes mean NOTHING. United as brothers and sisters we would be an example to the world. We are facing classical divide an conquer. Did you know the leader of al-shabaab is on the CIA payroll? Right now our fish is being stolen soon our oil. Somaliland can keep its status. Southern Somalia needs to get its house in order. Foreign troops must leave. Kenya and Ethopia are NOT our brothers. They have ulteriour motives as you can see. Kenya wants to start drilling for oil in Somalia. See what is happening? This division and tribe hate is destroying us. Also al-shabaab says they will continue attacks while foreign troops are in Somalia. Foreign troops say they will stay in Somalia until al-shabaab are defeated. NOW YOU HAVE AN OCCUPIED COUNTRY. Wake up Somali people Siad Barre is dead. Are we so afraid of each other that it turns to hate. Our country is occupied and we hate each other more than the occupiers. So sad. Peace and love to Somali people everywhere.
 
 
+1 # Degodia 2014-01-09 08:04
Barre is dead?

His MareXaan faggots are still alife!
 
 
+1 # Guest 2014-01-09 07:00
Anti zion the only part of the country that is occupied is the south and the puppets who are0nning it want it to stay that way they are looting and don't care about fixing somalias problem so they need to be removed as of sl were out of the picture we have nothing to do with somalia
 
 
+1 # Yasser 2014-01-09 07:05
Agreed somaliland has nothing to do with somalia. Anti zion u make good points but somalia cant be fixed.
 
 
+1 # Woo Unto Thee 2014-01-09 07:59
Maxamuud Salebaan sub-tribe of Majerteen elects another tribal leader. Big deal??? This was no election, it was 66 old men choosing one guy out of 12 maxamuud-saleba an guys.

Pirate-land, poverty-land, faan-land, majerteenia should and will be destroyed!

Tsunami, typhoons, what's next for pirate-land? Majerteenia is cursed since olden days, an ungrateful lot always abusing the weak and insulting those that help them.

The Europeans recently got a taste of pirate-lands culture when pirate-land had the nerve to say they captured a British and French spy, now mind you pirate-land is barely alive now thanks to years of EU support and yet they shamefully accused EU of spying on their Hell-hole tsunami, typhoons occurring area.

Logically speaking, what the he'll is there to spy on? Technology ha ha ha ha???

The astounding stupidity of Majerteenia (pirate-land) is breathtaking.

Majerteenia must be destroyed and by God they will be destroyed.

They will be destroyed by tsunamis, typhoons and Gods wrath. Not to mention the terrorism and assassinations of politicians in that area.
 
 
+1 # Ilig Daldala 2014-01-09 08:11
1.invade and capture garowe and burn it to the ground

2. Cut abdiwelis head and balls off and post it on YouTube
.
End of pirate-problem. Remember Ilig Daldala.
 
 
-1 # PuntlandSTAR 2014-01-09 08:49
Tears in idooria tonight LOL
 
 
0 # mohamed cheers 2014-01-09 19:42
Old ex TFG PM A0Weli defeated Faroole in the Garowe Puntland Presidency0n. r 0>The new Puntland President is not new in the 5star Somalis Political scene. He's already wellknown of what he's capable and not capable of. Both Hargeisa and Mogadiscio Govts would know how to deal with the renegade crises of Garowe Puntland in their different ways.
Cheers.
 
 
0 # Dhulka 2014-01-10 00:32
Majerteenia will pay a heavy price for Taleex massacre.
 
 
0 # Gen..Morgan 2014-01-10 10:31
Hargeisa will be capture inshallah mj all day every day ugly ass idoorias no one takes u isaaqs serious loooool hope off ur slave maters laps fagots
 

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