Garowe Online (Garowe)

28 November 2012

Somalia: Welcoming Rallies for Puntland Leader in Waiye and Armo Districts

Bossaso — A delegation led by the president of Somalia's Puntland government received big welcoming rallies in Waiye and Armo districts on Wednesday, Garowe Online reports.

Since Friday, Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole has been traveling by road towards the port city of Bossaso with stopovers in Qardo, Waiye and Armo, where the President's delegation spent Wednesday night.

The Puntland leader's delegation includes Finance Minister Farah Ali Shire, Security Minister Khalif Issa Mudan, Ports and Counter-Piracy Minister Said Mohamed Rage, Puntland Darawiishta Force commander Gen. Said Mohamed Hersi (Said Dheere), Puntland Police Commissioner Mohamed Said Jaqanaf, deputy ministers, and presidential staffers.

Earlier this week, President Farole engaged in meetings with local government officials and community leaders in Qardo. The President's delegation received a warm welcome in Waiye district, where supporters wore brand new T-shirts supporting Horseed political association declared by President Farole earlier this month as Puntland's first political party.

One slogan read: "Yes Horseed, No to Clan. We want development in Puntland".

While in Waiye district, President Farole launched a water project completed with the aid of UNICEF.

In Armo district, Puntland Police Force officers saluted President Farole at the Armo Police Academy followed by a lunch hosted by community leaders. President Farole was engaged in meetings with community leaders during his overnight stay in Armo.

The Puntland leader's delegation is expected to arrive soon in Bossaso, Puntland's commercial hub.

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