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Peaceful transfer of Presidential power in Puntland

Peaceful transfer of Presidential power in Puntland, 8 Janaury, 2014

Dr Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, a former Somali Prime Minister, was on Wednesday Jan 8th elected President of the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia. In a hotly contested fourth Puntland Presidential election involving 66 lawmakers, Abdiweli got 33 votes in the third round of polling, just one more than incumbent President Abdurahman Mohamed Faroole.

The international community has generally welcome the peaceful election and transition. The UN envoy for Somalia, Nick Kay, led an international delegation comprised of the EU, Norway, Spain and UK to witness the election which has been described as well organised, peaceful and transparent. The results have so far been accepted by all contestants.

Please read below, the statement from the Nairobi-based Democratisation Steering Committee (the Democratization Programme Steering Committee is comprised of donor agencies from the European Union, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the United States and the United Kingdom) sent today.

The Democratization Programme Steering Committee (DSC) congratulates Puntland for the orderly, transparent and peaceful process through which it has elected its new President, Dr. Abdiweli Mohammed Ali Gaas and Vice President Abdihakim Abdullahi Haji Omar Amey on January 8. We commend outgoing President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole for his public service and his government’s professional execution of the elections.

We look forward to continuing our engagement with the government of Puntland as it resumes its peaceful democratisation process, expanding on the substantial foundations already built.

As it sets out a vision for Puntland’s future, we encourage the new leadership to reach out to stakeholders across the political spectrum and to prioritize the enhancement of political participation by women, youth and marginalized groups. Through an open and inclusive democratic process, Puntland can build a vibrant state that can best contribute to Somalia’s stability and engage with the federal government and other federal states.”

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