Garowe (AX) – The opposition group in Puntland has accused President Said Abdullahi Deni of instigating a new conflict in order to hold onto power. This accusation comes just a day after the President’s meeting with military officials.
In a statement released on Monday, the opposition claimed that Deni had instructed army officials to support his bid for an extension, and warned of potential negative consequences for his leadership. They urged the military and their commanders to respect the law and refrain from interfering in Puntland’s politics.
President Deni, on the other hand, had expressed his commitment to a fair and inclusive election process, calling for the military to safeguard the electoral proceedings. He emphasized that no one should have the authority to obstruct the electoral decision, which is scheduled for February 25, 2024.
The ongoing dispute between President Deni and the opposition over the elections raises concerns about a possible political crisis. As a result, traditional elders have gathered in Garowe to find a resolution.