Somalia: Somaliland Govt hosts luncheon for Puntland ex-President


HARGEISA, Somalia, July 29, 2015 (Garowe Online)-Somaliland Vice President Abdirahman Abdullahi Ismael and officials from ruling Kulmiye party have hosted luncheon for former Puntland President in the capital, Hargeisa on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports.

Somaliland government officials and traditional leaders have condoled with Dr. Abdirahman Mohamed Farole over the passing of his wife during the well-organized event.

Former Puntland president on his side very much thanked for the welcoming ceremonies by the government and clan elders.

In an interview with BBC Somali Service, Dr. Farole described his week-long stay in Hargeisa ‘personal and family matters’.

“The trip was authorized by the government and it was pre-informed about it. I had been cordially received by elders and government officials,” said former Puntland President.  

He also accused Mogadishu-based federal government of re-igniting conflict and territorial disputes in central Somalia, referring to Mudug conundrum.

Farole will be arriving back in the state capital of Garowe on Wednesday according to aides.

Somaliland, located in northwestern Somalia declared its independence from the rest of the country as de facto sovereign state in 1991 but it has not been recognized internationally yet. 


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