Somalia: Puntland refuses to recognise federal authorities after disputed constitutional adjustments

Somalia: Puntland refuses to recognise federal authorities after disputed constitutional adjustments

Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud speaks throughout an interview on his go to to the United Nations, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, at U.N. headquarters.

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The semi-autonomous state of Puntland says it has withdrawn from the nation’s federal system and can govern itself independently till constitutional amendments handed by the central authorities in Somalia are accredited in a nationwide referendum.

On Saturday, the federal parliament in Mogadishu accredited a number of constitutional adjustments that the federal government stated are obligatory to ascertain a secure political system. However Puntland has rejected the most recent constitutional reforms accredited by the Somali Parliament.

“Puntland will act independently till there’s a federal authorities with a structure that’s agreed upon by a referendum wherein Puntland takes half,” stated the state’s council of ministers in a press release. 

However some critics have stated the adjustments, which embody introducing direct presidential elections and permitting the president to nominate a major minister with out parliamentary approval, focus energy within the fingers of the manager.

One of many major adjustments introduced by this modification is the introduction of common suffrage, ending the clan-based oblique voting system that has been in place in Somalia for many years.

Puntland is a area in northeast Somalia that declared itself as an autonomous state in August 1998 and has been searching for to be a part of a federal Somalia. 

The newest improvement is seen as a troublesome nut for President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who’s struggling to finish an al Qaeda-linked insurgency, and assert federal authority over the breakaway area of Somaliland.

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