Somalia: Galmudug Elects New Leader, Pledges Security

Mogadishu — General Abdi Hassan Awale Qaybdid, former Somali police commissioner was sworn in as the new leader of Somalia's central Galmudug state on Wednesday in special session by local 25-seat parliament members.

He was also the former Somali Minister of mining, energy and water resources.

General Abdi Hassan Qaybdid who has been chosen in an election held in south of Galka'yo town, central Somalia, 750 km to Mogadishu, replaces Mohamed Ahmed Aalin who is now at a hospital in Nairobi. The new leader promised to deal the insecurity activities with an ironic fist.

"God willing, I assure the people of Galmidug that the security forces of Galmaudug state will be talented and capable of rooting out the insecurity and restore peace and stability of the semi-autonomous region," said Gen.Qaybdid, the newly elected president, adding that he is familiar with military mobilization.

Galmudug was established on August 14, 2006 and its first president was Mohamed Warsame Ali 'Kiimiko'. General Abdi Hassan Qaybdid becomes the third president of the Somalia's central semi-autonomous region of Galmudug State.

Galmudug and Puntland are currently involved in a dispute over control ofGalkacyoAirport, which is located in Galmudug-Controlled southern Galkacyo, but is controlled by Puntland.

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