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Semi-autonomous state of Puntland no longer recognizes Mogadishu as its Capital

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The Somalia Semi-autonomous state of Puntland has said yesterday that it will no longer recognize Mogadishu as the capital of Somalia. Puntland’s Minister for Justice Abdi Hassan Jimale, said that henceforth, Puntland as a state of Somalia does not pay allegiance to Mogadishu. Mr. Abdi Hassan Jimale said that the relationship that exists between the TFG and the Puntland government does not favour the TFG accord that states Somalia constitution will be drafted in Puntland.

According to the agreement signed in Galka’yo will make Puntland “a base for counter-piracy operations, host the process of drafting federal constitution, and receive 25% of the education funds allocated for Somalia including scholarships. It also allows Puntland to participate in international conferences on Somalia alongside TFG officials, enter into agreements with international agencies and commercial deals with foreign companies until Somalia’s federal constitution is passed and approved in a public referendum.”

President Sharif did not oppose this agreement in public but his former Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia members in TFG cabinet and parliament, criticised the agreement because they think such an agreement will make the TFG a powerless entity beholden to Puntland. Puntland’s main argument is that it has laid the foundations for self-rule that will provide the basis for a federal Somalia, and that it financed the TFG before the international community support for the TFG started to flow.

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Puntland sent a chunk of the revenue from Bosaso Port to Baydhabo when Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, was president of the TFG in the hope of entrenching Puntland in the future Federal Somalia structure. That dream was dashed when the international community put pressure on the former TFG president to resign, paving the way for a new TFG, and an expanded parliament. Puntland’s financial support for the TFG affected Puntland institutions negatively. For instance, for many months security forces of Puntland did not receive salaries, that had severe damaging impact on the morale of members of the forces.

Abdulaziz Billow
Afrobeatradio East Africa Correspondent, Somalia

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