Anxiety as Somalia top political rivals set to meet at celebration party of new Puntland President
A state of political anxiety has enveloped the planned celebration of the election of the newly elected l president of Puntland Region Said Dani set for Garowe Saturday. Political rivals are set to share a podium for the first time even as talks of the 2020 presidential elections are already gathering storm. The oil-rich Puntland has also not been in good terms with the Federal Government of Somalia and the planned licensing of oil mine fields later in February could be a catalyst to further tensions. Expected to attend the ceremony are Former presidents, Hassan sheikh Mohamud, Sheikh Sharif Hassan and add that to Other prominent political oppositions such as Aabdiraxman Abdishakuur. The presence of Abdishakur is likely to cause tension, having in the past declared that he cannot have any dealings with the current government. There have been talks that the former presidents would be seeking a return to the office in the 2020 election and the ceremony could act as a campaign platform as they seek to launch their campaigns.