Puntland president accuses Somalia, Somaliland leaders of attempts to destabilize region


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The leader of the northeastern semi-autonomous region of Puntland Saeed Abdullahi Deni on Tuesday accused the presidents of Somaliland Muse Bihi Abdi and Somalia’s federal government Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of attempts to destabilize the relatively stable region.

Speaking to his supporters amid stiffening opposition against his administration, Deni said Mohamud and Bihi are cooperating on the fight against residents in the town of Lasanod, who have been battling Somaliland troops over the past months despite growing calls for peaceful resolution of the conflict.

It came a day after Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre accused Puntland of hampering the country’s debt relief efforts. In response to the claim, Deni mocked the Somali Premier, saying he is a “secretary” for President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

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