Somalia: Puntland president announces new cabinet after re-election


GAROWE, Somalia - Puntland state president Said Abdullahi Deni has announced his cabinet, after the historical re-election victory on 8th January this year, setting the pace for unprecedented development in the northern state of Somalia, which was the pioneer federal region in the country.  

The state was created in 1998 and since then, no regional leader has ever been re-elected, safe for Deni, who successfully on January 8th, after trouncing his competitors,  who have since endorsed his administration,  after reconciliation.  

The 21-member cabinet is full of surprises,  with a few members retained from his first administration.  The state has been waiting for the inaugural list as the state questions the fast-tracking of the new federal constitution,  which is yet to be enacted in the country. 

Among those retained were Puntland Minister of Democratization Farah Juha and Minister of Justice Mohamed Abdiwahab. Haji Bakiin is Puntland's Minister of Security while  Mohamud Aydid Dirir returns to his Information Ministry.

Ex-MP Chairman of Puntland Elections Fu'aad Abshir Adeer is the Minister of Education. The above maintained their slots in the cabinet having supported the deep re-election of President Said Abdullahi Deni, who is serving his second term. 

The cabinet contains fairly several new ministers including Finance boss Mohamed Farah Mohamud, Said Qoorsheel who is in charge of health, and  Mohamed Faroole Mohamad, son of former President Abdirahman Faroole, who takes over Climate Change. 

The Ministry of Energy, Minerals, and Water is now under Liban Haji Muse Boqor. The team is set to be sworn in as they assume the mandate to fulfill President Said Abdullahi Deni's pre-election pledges as he seeks to realize development across the region.  

Mohamed Abdirahman Mohamad Faroole has been a key pillar in pushing for democratization in Puntland, besides defending Somalia’s nationalism. He is a media owner and economist with vast experience,  whose input in Climate Change would assist in revolutionizing the world's new order.


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