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Villa Somalia Welcomes Deni’s Move to Resolve Puntland Electoral Dispute

Storyline:National News

GOOBJOOG NEWS | MOGADISHU: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has welcomed the announcement by Puntland State President Said Abdullahi Deni regarding regional election issues.

President Hassan emphasized that Puntland has been a symbol of peace and unity, setting an example for other federal member states and at the same time acknowledged the crucial role played by community leaders and intellectuals in the process.

“I welcome the announcement made by the Puntland State President on elections, which has been characteristic of Puntland. We will support the efforts of community leaders and intellectuals. I pray that the elections conclude with mutual understanding and in a peaceful environment that reflects Puntland State’s history,” he said.

On Thursday, President Deni announced that Puntland will return to the clan-based voting system on January 8, 2024. He specified that the 66 members of the parliament will be selected by their respective clan delegates.

The announcement followed elders’ intervention on the disputed one-person-one-vote elections system.

“Considering the safety of our people and the well-being of Puntland State, I would like to announce that elections in Puntland will take place on January 8, 2024. The 66 members of the parliament will be selected by their respective clan delegates,” Deni announced.

The state president had previously declared that democratic elections would be held on February 25, 2024, a decision that has heightened tensions in the city of Garowe.