Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Déjà Vu: The Farole – Sharif Debacle


To the followers of Somali politics, the press release and the press conference held by the Puntland Administration last Sunday, seems like the rerun of the political showdown that occurred in the same month two years ago between Farole and Sharif. The whole event which was spread over a period of about three weeks (January 24, 2009 to February 14, 2009) was characterized by a media blitz, listing numerous grievances on the part of Farole. That public outcry was centered on the necessity to include Puntland in the then power-sharing process in Djibouti between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition. Farole repeatedly stressed that he had to be consulted with the selection of the additional members of parliament (MP) that would represent the clans that inhabit the Puntland region; otherwise, his Administration would view the whole process as being illegal.

On the eve of Sharif`s election, Farole issued a strong statement against the newly formed parliament, since he was not given the authority to select those MPs that would represent the clans from the Puntland regions (as these additional 275 MPs would be part of the election process for the new President). Farole clearly emphasized his objection to the whole process of the Djibouti power-sharing talks and its outcome.

Once Sharif was crowned President of Somalia, Farole started the campaign to secure the number two post of the TFG which is that of the Prime Minister (PM). The Puntland Administration threatened to withdraw its support for the newly appointed President and to secede from Somalia if Sharif did not choose the new PM among the list of names submitted to him by Farole.

Two days after, upon the selection of Omar A. Sharmarke as the new Somali PM by Sharif, Puntland welcomed the newly formed government and became a staunch supporter of federalism.

After reviewing these facts, some questions need to be answered. Biyokulule Online will also take this opportunity to draw a parallel between those events and the current stance of Farole`s Administration.

If the main objection to the Djibouti power-sharing process was the lack of consultation with Puntland with regards to the selection of the new 275 MPs, why the change of heart once Sharmarke was named PM of Somalia?

Could it be that the whole public outcry was a political ploy to secure the number two post in the TFG?

Therefore, do we have to literally take at face value Sunday`s press release, which stated that Farole`s Administration had withdrawn all its support from the TFG?

Are we expecting within the coming days, after some behind the scenes political maneuvers, to see Farole back peddle and recant his statements putting the blame on his mouthpiece ergo, Minister Daud Mohamed Omar (Bisinle), followed by another press release which will once again support federalism?

Let us assume that this time around, the political strategy previously utilized by Farole reaches its exhaustion and the TFG as well as the International Community do not respond to his threats and demands; do he and his cabinet have the right to unilaterally decide the fate of all Puntlanders?

As we know, Puntland was formed in 1998 as a regional administration that is part and parcel of Somalia. The elders of all the clans that inhabit the regions of Puntland agreed upon the creation of this Administration as an entity that is part of Somalia. Therefore, on the issue of withdrawal and secession from Somalia, there must be a consensus by all the clans who were part of the agreement from the inception of Puntland – in essence there must be at least a referendum.

Roobdoon Forum has previously articulated on the hidden agenda of some zealot Puntlanders who are beating the drums to have Puntland as a separate entity from the rest of Somalia.

Undoubtedly, another example that will create resentment towards the current leadership will be if it tries to toe the line with the current mood of over-zealous supporters of Puntland, who are pushing the idea of an independent state entity, without referendum. If this happens, Puntland leadership alone will be held responsible for Somali Weyn humiliation. [Read Here]

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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )

MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

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His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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