29 November 2012

Somalia - Puntland Leader Receives Huge Welcome in Bossaso

President Farole began his road trip to Bossaso visiting the towns of Waiye and Armo on Wednesday. The Puntland leader leading a delegation of military officials, cabinet officials and traditional elders entered the city of Bossaso, capital of Bari region midday Thursday.

Thousands of people crowded the sidewalks of Bossaso's main road with banners reading "welcome to Bossaso" to embrace President Farole who toured the city and met with officials and citizens to thank them for their warm welcome.

Some residents were holding up signs reading: "yes political parties, no clan elections" supporting Puntland's democratization process.

The incumbent government led by President Farole announced the Horseed political association earlier this month. Puntland Democratic Party (PDP) a second political association was also announced.

Before a political party could be registered in needs to be approved by the Transitional Puntland Electoral Commission.

The Puntland President gave a brief statement before heading to the Presidential Palace in Bossaso.

"I thank all the Bossaso residents for their warm welcome and cooperation with Puntland security. I also want to thank district officials who took a vital role in coordinating this visit," said President Farole to Puntland media.

While in Bossaso, President Farole will meet with district officials, community leaders, traditional elders and members of the civil society.

The Puntland leader is on a tour of Puntland and is expected to visit Galkayo the second most populated city in Puntland, after completing his tour of Bossaso.


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