Somalia: Puntland leader fires Deputy Minister for criticism
GAROWE, Somalia Sept 24, 2014 (Garowe Online)-The President of Somalia’s Puntland Government Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas has fired Deputy Minister of Ports and Marine Transport for criticizing former Somaliland official for being futile on Wednesday, Garowe Online reports.
Abdirashid Gaani Ali was sacked by presidential decree which was not released to the media, well informed sources stated.
Ali slammed former Somaliland Information Minister and Sool politician Ahmed Abdi Haabsade for handing over Sool regional capital of Lasanod to Somaliland’s separatist administration in October 2007.
“The arrival of Ahmed Abdi Haabsade sounds nothing. Crimes being committed by Ahmed are known, the land he gave to [Somaliland] still remains in the hands of the enemy. He was exploited and after he lost credibility, if he says I have been exonerated, it’s meaningless,” said sacked Deputy Minister of Ports and Marine Transport.
Slanderous remarks by Ali went viral in Puntland State House where President Gaas has been holding meetings with Sool and Sanaag clan elders.
Haabsade was welcomed into the state capital of Garowe on August 12 by government officials led by Vice President Abdihakin Abdullahi Haji Omar.