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Puntland’s destiny at the stake

The political maneuver of Somalia’s semiautonomous state Puntland has been dragging on for a while, as the region’s presidential election is due to be held on January 8, 2024.

The incumbent president Saed Deni, has been accused of being willing to extend his term in an unlawful manner for the justification of a one person one vote model election, which many politicians see as the scapegoat.

On his side, the president has been arguing to be the first Puntland leader who officially implemented the real democratization of Puntland which the constitution enshrines.

The regional assembly is embarking on a constitution reform voyage to pave the way for the outgoing president to stay longer than his term, and this was warned by many politicians and the federal government itself.

Two times former Somali prime minister, Omar Abdirashid who is also a vocal critic of the Deni administration has stressed the lack of political consensus will worsen the situation and cause what he called progressive fragmentation of the political spectrum.

“In our post conflict situation, the dilemma has been the absence of a consensus based decision-making process on crucial issues. This resulted in the progressive fragmentation of our present day politics. Obviously the crises we may see around are the manifestation of that trend,” he tweeted.

President Deni, who sees himself as a pragmatic leader, is cheering for holding district level manipulated elections, whereby elected local councils sworn in recently.

The political rift in Puntland is at its peak, and many worry that this will lead to armed clashes between political rivals.

The political maneuver of Somalia’s semiautonomous state Puntland has been dragging on for a while, as the region’s presidential election is due to be held on January 8, 2024.

The incumbent president Saed Deni, has been accused of being willing to extend his term in an unlawful manner for the justification of a one person one vote model election, which many politicians see as the scapegoat.

On his side, the president has been arguing to be the first Puntland leader who officially implemented the real democratization of Puntland which the constitution enshrines.

The regional assembly is embarking on a constitution reform voyage to pave the way for the outgoing president to stay longer than his term, and this was warned by many politicians and the federal government itself.

Two times former Somali prime minister, Omar Abdirashid who is also a vocal critic of the Deni administration has stressed the lack of political consensus will worsen the situation and cause what he called progressive fragmentation of the political spectrum.

“In our post conflict situation, the dilemma has been the absence of a consensus based decision-making process on crucial issues. This resulted in the progressive fragmentation of our present day politics. Obviously the crises we may see around are the manifestation of that trend,” he tweeted.

President Deni, who sees himself as a pragmatic leader, is cheering for holding district level manipulated elections, whereby elected local councils sworn in recently.

The political rift in Puntland is at its peak, and many worry that this will lead to armed clashes between political rivals.

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