His Excellency Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon has called on the
regional administration of Puntland to be a role model for good
governance in the new Somalia.
On a three-day visit to Garowe, part of his Listening Tour to the
regions of the country, the Prime Minister gave a long and wide-ranging
speech to the Puntland parliament. In it he focused on the need for
national unity within Somalia and discussed the constitutional role of
the federal government in the regional administration of Puntland. The
Prime Minister praised Puntland as a good example of how regions can
manage their internal disagreements.
Puntland is a foundation for the federal arrangements in Somalia, he
said, calling the multi-party arrangements a step forward and
encouraging the region to adopt a one person one vote electoral system. The Prime Minister also praised
Puntland’s role helping the nation emerge securely from the
Discussing the security situation, the Prime Minister touched on the
arms embargo and welcomed its partial lifting by the UN Security
“It’s good for Somalia that the arms embargo has been lifted,” he
said, “but if there are some people with anxieties about this, I tell
them the arms will only be used for the defence of the sovereignty of
Somalia and will only be used in a defensive way.”
The Prime Minister urged the people of Puntland to institutionalize good
governance and democracy in the region. Patience was required to
resolve minor differences between communities, particularly during
democratic elections due to be held at the end of this government’s
Travelling with his ministerial delegation, the Prime Minister,
accompanied by regional President Abdirahman Sheikh Mohamed Faroole and
Vice-President Abdi Zamad Ali Shire, visited the regional justice and health ministries, the central prison and the presidential palace.
Today the Prime Minister and regional President Faroole visited Camp
54, a key military base in Puntland, and took the salute from army of
Puntland and custodial corps.
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