Tough talks between Somali president, Puntland leader enter third day

Somali president, Puntland leader

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Talks between Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the leader of the northeastern semi-autonomous region of Puntland Saeed Abdullahi Deni entered the third day on Saturday, weeks after dispute between the former allies surfaced following the appointment of new Prime Minister.

Among the key sticking points are the federal power and resource-sharing systems as authorities in Garowe pressure the federal government to provide its fair share of foreign aid earmarked for development projects.

Both Villa Somalia and Puntland have not yet said whether progress has been made in the talks aimed at ending long-running tensions between federal member state and the federal government.

Regional Information Minister said on Friday Hassan Sheikh Mohamud seemed unwilling to implement federalism in the country, an assertion that came during the Somali President’s visit to the region. On Thursday, Universal TV reported that Mohamud did not receive a warm reception at Garowe Airport upon his landing for his first visit to the region since his re-election in May.

Garowe has demanded the annulment of laws signed by former President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo that were opposed by Puntland authorities, including the national Petroleum Law.

Somali President is expected to raise the recent extension of Jubaland leader’s term in office during the talks with Deni, a formidable ally of Ahmed Madobe, who has been accused of attempting to serve beyond his mandate after ruling the restive southern state for more than a decade.

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