Somalia: Thousands cheer former Puntland President
GAROWE, Somalia, July 29, 2015 (Garowe Online)-Thousands of poster-waving residents flocked to Garowe international airport to stage rousing welcome for former Puntland President Dr. Abdirahman Mohamed Farole on Wednesday, Garowe Online reports.
Parliament Speaker Saed Hassan Shire, Former Puntland Vice president Gen. Abdisamad Ali Shire, cabinet ministers, parliamentarians and teeming crowds received Farole on arrival after a 10-day stay in Somaliland capital, Hargeisa.
Addressing reporters at Garowe Square, Puntland ex-President said that he has come back to Puntland to see his family and meet political leadership.
“I thank the government for the state funeral held for my late wife. God willing, we will confer and I will share my views,” Dr. Farole told journalists.
On Wednesday morning, former Puntland President has jetted off from Hargeisa where Somaliland government hosted luncheon for him on Tuesday.
In an interview with BBC Somali service, he lambasted Mogadishu-based federal government for failing to curb territorial disputes, referring to Mudug conundrum.
Dr. Farole left for Australia following tightly contested regional elections in early 2014.
He told BBC that he decided to quit Puntland and shifted balance towards national politics, months after he warned of term extension.