Somalia: Puntland President fires Bari Governor & Bossaso Mayor

Published: May 27, 2015

The sacked Bari governor and Bossaso mayor
The sacked Bari governor and Bossaso mayor

Puntland President Abdiweli Mohammed Ali has fired the governor of Bari province and the mayor of Bossaso city, the capital of Bari, Horseed Media reports.
The Presidential decree was announced on Wednesday by the spokesperson of the Puntland government who did not give the reason of the sackings.
A new governor, Yusuf Mohamed Dhedo, was appointed by the President while a caretaker mayor was also named. Mr Ali dismissed the local municipal council members.
The sackings of Bari governor and Bossaso mayor comes after months of insecurity incidents in the commercial hub of Puntland state. Al Shabaab militants have carried out attacks in the city, targeting mainly police posts.
The outgoing Bari governor, Abdisamad Gallan survived an assassination bid in March when a group of al-Shabaab militants attacked his house in Bossaso.
“We hope that the new changes bring good governance and reforms in the province,” said one of the local elders.
Since coming to office last year, President Ali’s leadership clean-up amounts to the dismissal of figureheads in almost a third of the autonomous state’s provinces.
Horseed Media

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