Somalia: Elite power struggle engulfs Puntland

The dispute is pitting President Said Deni and his deputy Ahmed Karaash, who are at loggerheads over who should make the decision to govern Puntland, a move that risks the fragile security in the region.

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Somalia: Elite power struggle engulfs Puntland

GAROWE, Somalia - There is a brewing strong political conflict and power struggle in Puntland a Federal State in northeastern Somalia that threatens to disband the cabinet, Keydmedia Online has learned.

The dispute is pitting President Said Deni and his deputy Ahmed Karaash, who are at loggerheads over who should make the decision to govern Puntland, a move that risks the fragile security in the region.

Relations soured when Karaash fired the finance, security, and interior ministers, who were close allies of Deni in May during the regional leader’s presence in Mogadishu, where he run for the president of Somalia.

The vice president insists his decision to dismiss three ministers will not be reversed, which Deni has had to accept as his government is on the verge of collapse due to the current political standoff in Puntland.

Credible sources told Keydmedia Online that the regional lawmakers have threatened to table a no-confidence motion against the government if the top leaders fail to resolve their dispute momentarily.

Deni, who was elected in Jan 2019, has less than a year left on his term. He contested for Somalia’s president on May 15 but lost to Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who got a second historic chance to lead.

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