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Puntland President: The National Consultative Forum is not a constitutional institution

Garowe (SD) -The president of the Puntland administration, Saeed Abdullahi Deni, who opened the 53rd session of the parliament of the administration today, delivered a blistering speech addressing various political issues affecting the country, particularly Puntland.

In his speech, Deni criticized the top officials of the Federal Government of Somalia and opposed the agreements reached by the leaders of the National Consultative Council without Puntland.

He stated that the agreements made in the National Reconciliation Forum clearly demonstrated how the leaders of Somalia were damaging the country and deviating from the Federal system agreed upon.

Deni mentioned that changes to the Constitution without proper procedures could cause great harm. He explicitly rejected the creation of the position of Vice President and abolishing the PM’s role. He also strongly opposed the idea of only two political parties, labeling all these matters as unconstitutional and not in the best interest of the people.

“The National Consultative Forum is not a constitutional institution or a body with the mandate to change the destiny of the country; the country is Federal, comprising both the federal government and regional states, each with its own jurisdiction,” said Said Deni.

The statement by the President of Puntland comes at a time of ongoing disagreements between the federal government and Puntland, with Puntland boycotting the recent meetings of the National Reconciliation Forum where various issues were discussed.

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