Puntland Political Forum Responds to President Deni’s Speech

Published: October 14, 2023

Puntland Political Forum:
Press Release : Response to Speech by President Deni

Garowe, Puntland – October 13, 2023

The Puntland Political Forum stands committed to protecting the stability, unity and sovereignty of Puntland, as outlined in the 2012 Puntland Constitution – specifically Articles 2.1, 7.2, 12.1, and 40.1.t.

The Forum has repeatedly “express concerns about” outgoing President Saeed Abdullahi Deni’s tyrannical rule and unconstitutional attempts to extend his term, threatening Puntland’s governance.

The Forum denounces President Deni’s irresponsible proposed changes to Puntland’s social contract, which undermine unity and governance.

The Puntland Political Forum declares it does not recognize any amendments made to the Puntland Constitution, nor does it recognize the establishment of the Puntland Electoral Commission (PEC) which is inconsistent with the constitution and rules of the Puntland elections. Therefore, any work or decisions issued by the PEC are illegal.

The Forum declares that President Deni alone bears responsibility for violating the social contract, as stated in his speech tonight and will face those consequences.

The Forum calls on the international community and stakeholders not to support actions that undermine Puntland’s security and stability.

Finally, the Forum again calls on Puntland’s traditional leaders, scholars, politicians and intellectuals to consult urgently to prevent institutional collapse and a constitutional crisis.

Unity and rule of law remain the Forum’s guiding principles during this difficult period.