GALKAYO, Somalia Aug 1 2012 (Garowe Online) – Elections for
Galmudug President have hit a wall after President Mohamed Ahmed Alim failed to
recognize President elect Col. Abdi Hassan Awale Qeybdiid, Garowe Online
Galmudug President Alim who was in Nairobi while parliamentary
elections followed by a presidential election transpired, objected to the
“hasty elections” and stated that he is the Galmudug President.
President Alim, who spoke to Somaliareport, before the
presidential elections, said that he disagreed with the parliamentary
“I heard it, but I am not supporting them, and I don’t think
it is the right thing to support,” said Galmudug President Alim.
Col. Abdi Hassan Awale Qeybdiid who was nominated in a
landslide victory as the new Galmudug president by parliament, said at his
inauguration on Wednesday that he would improve security in the region.
“I will pledge that Galmudug will have capable security
forces that will bring security to the region and restore stability,” said
President Col. Qeybdiid.
According to sources however, President Alim earlier this
year wrote a letter to the international community which explained that Col.
Qeybdiid in the past had contributed to instability in the region as a former
Col. Qeybdiid was arrested in 2005 for suspicion of
genocide but was released due to lack of evidence.
He was also arrested by US Special in 1993 along with Osman
Ali Atto for their part in the civil war in Mogadishu and held for months but was subsequently released.
Galmudug President Alim and signatories of the Roadmap are set
to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Nairobi on Saturday, which
will be an interesting meeting as the Galmudug presidency is being disputed.