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​Somalia: Puntland VP suspends Director of Immigration Department


GAROWE, Puntland- The Vice President of semi-autonomous region of Puntland, Abdihakim Abdulahi Omar Amay has suspended the Director of Immigration department Mohamud Farah Ashkir on Sunday, Garowe Online reports.

According to a decree from the office of the Vice President, the recently appointed official was suspended from his post after being convicted of doing actions against his responsibility and public service. 

Although the reason behind Ashkir's suspension remains unclear, reports indicated he was accused of fraud and embezzlement.

His deputy Abdihakim Mohamed Farah known as "Dhagaweyne" has been temporarily appointed by VP Amay as the acting Director of Puntland's Immigration Department.

Various government institutions was notified about the decision including Ministries of Security and Finance, Accountant General, Auditor General and Police commander.

Ashkir who was appointed to the post by Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali "Gaas" a month ago is yet to comment on his suspension.

The move comes as President Ali is abroad, however, according to the state's constitution, the Vice President-the acting President is mandated to appoint or sack officials during his absence.


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