Somalia: Bitter Splits Ahead of Puntland Election


Abdiweli Gaas

Somalilandsun – Nairobi, Kenya – As presidential elections approach in Puntland, the candidates in the running have accused one another of failing Somalia’s semi-autonomous region.

The international community is closely watching Puntland’s January 8 election, worrying that increased instability in the region could damage Somalia’s efforts to recover from decades of chaos and civil war. The region is hosting hundreds of thousands of Somalis who have fled from the country’s southern regions.

Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, who until last year was Somalia’s prime minister, has warned of “a huge political, security and economic collapse” in the region if its incumbent President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole is re-elected.

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