BOSSASO, Somalia Dec 10 2012 (Garowe Online) – Puntland’s fourth
political association Hor’ad, replied to an allegation made by Gen. Abdullahi Saeed
Samantar, calling his allegations “baseless” and requesting that the politician
give an apology about the statement, Garowe Online reports.
Puntland’s newest political association Hor’ad responded to
allegations made by former Minister of Security Gen. Abdullahi Saeed Samantar
who alleged that Hor’ad did not stand for its moniker, which is a shortened
version of the Somali words “Progress and Justice”, nor was it made by community
Omar Ismail Waberi one of the founders of Hor’ad, spoke to
press in Puntland stating that he was unhappy with Gen. Samantar comment and
requested that he should apologize for the comment.
“I am deeply disappointed that the General would make a statement
like that and I’m also surprised at the rash comment,” said
Mr. Waberi speaking to press on Sunday.
Hor’ad announced that it was a political association earlier
this month in Bossaso. It is the fourth political association in Puntland’s
ongoing democratization process.
Puntland is transitioning to a democratic system that has
been ongoing since September 2012. Previously Puntland presidents were chosen
democratically by parliament.