Somalia: Puntland-TFG Split may damage federalism

Sheikh Shariif Faroole
The decision of Puntland government to “discontinue its cooperation with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia” (TFG) is, in the eyes of many people, a major political  gamble. Puntland – TFG cooperation was strained by the resignation of the first TFG president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed in December 2008. The second TFG president, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, assumed power in January 2009,  the same month Abdirahman Farole was elected Puntland president. President Abdirahman Farole welcomed the Djibouti reconciliation conference out of which the expansion of the TFG parliament and absorption of a wing of the former Alliance for the Reliberation of Somalia into TFG institutions emerged, but now views it as an exercise that deprived Puntland of its privilege for “ participation, consultation and representation … during the 2008-2009 Djibouti Peace Process which led to the formation of the current Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia”.

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