In a startling turn of events, political turmoil erupts in Somalia’s Galmudug State as President Ahmed Abdi Karie ‘Qoorqoor’ and his Deputy Ali Eid clash over crucial decrees. The escalating dispute centres around the dissolution of the Abudwaq district administration and the suspension of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Abdi Waayeel. This growing divide threatens to undermine the region’s stability and the ongoing fight against the militant group al-Shabaab.
Dhuusamareeb, Galmudug, SOMALIA. By Dalmar:
Yesterday, Deputy President Ali Eid issued two contentious decrees. The first decree announced the dissolution of the Abudwaq district administration, raising concerns about the potential impact on local governance and public services. The second decree was equally controversial, as it suspended Minister Abdi Waayeel from his position within Galmudug State.
However, Galmudug’s President Qoorqoor swiftly responded by issuing a decree of his own, invalidating the actions taken by his Deputy. The President declared Ali Eid’s decrees “null and void,” setting the stage for an unprecedented power struggle within the state government.
The dispute took an even more public turn when Vice President Ali Eid addressed the press, asserting that Abdi Waayeel’s suspension remained in effect. He accused President Qoorqoor and Minister Waayeel of collaborating to undermine the fight against al-Shabaab. Moreover, the Vice President raised concerns about their commitment to the state’s security and stability.
“I want to tell you that Abdi Waayeel’s suspension has come into effect,” stated the Vice President. “Qoorqoor and the Minister are on the same page regarding the war against al-Shabaab, and they want President Hassan Sheikh [Mohamud], loyal to the war against al-Shabaab, to fail in his efforts.”
Uncertain future amidst fighting al-Shabaab
The ongoing dispute has left Galmudug residents uncertain about their local governance’s future. Importantly, effective leadership is crucial in combating al-Shabaab. The military operations against the group are underway in the region, and the results so far have not been great.
Observers closely monitor the situation, hoping for a swift resolution to this political crisis. The outcome of this power struggle could have significant implications for the security and stability of Galmudug. The Federal Member State (FMS) has struggled to liberate its regions, especially Galgaduud, from the insurgent al-Shabaab.