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Puntland Auditor General freezes bank accounts of ousted cabinet of ministers

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The Auditor General of Puntland State of Somalia Jama Mohamed Osman has ordered all bank accounts used by the state’s ousted cabinet of minsters frozen until further notice.

An official communication by Mr. Osman to the Puntland State Bank and the privately-owned banks and local hawalas in the region, the Auditor General instructed that no transactions made on behalf of the ousted cabinet of the ministers.

The ministers are also ordered not to release any payments pending further instructions from the Auditor General’s Office.

“Referring the constitutional power and the Law Nr. 15/2000, the Auditor General of Puntland State of Somalia instructs Puntland State Bank and all privately-owned remittances to suspend withdrawals from all bank accounts related to Puntland Ministries.” the letter sent to the banks seen by Raxanreeb noted.

“This order is effective from 19th July, 2017.” the letter added.

The instructions from the state’s Auditor General comes following the decision by Puntland’s House of Representatives on Tuesday which voted to oust the cabinet of the ministers putting the region in unprecedented political chaos since the establishment of Somalia’s northeastern semi-autonomous state in 1998.

President bdiweli Ali Gaas has on Tuesday welcomed the vote of no confidence against his cabinet of the ministers and promised to form a new cabinet.

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Somalia military working to push terrorists out of Puntland

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Somalia’s president says that increased military operations in the southern part of the country have forced extremists to move into Puntland ,a relatively stable region in the north-east. President Farmajo is currently touring the region, encouraging the military to crack down on al-Shabaab and other terror groups. CGTN’s Abdulaziz Billow is travelling with the presidential delegation and sent us this report from Bosaso in Puntland

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Somalia launches first renewable energy power plant

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Somalia is embracing new innovation to generate renewable energy. CGTN’s Abdulaziz Billow reports now from northern Somalia where one electric company is combing fuel, wind and solar power to light towns and villages.

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Somalia calls for calm in northern region

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MOGADISHU, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) — The Somali government on Wednesday called on Somaliland and Puntland regional states to stop escalating tension in the northern Sool region.

The government said in a statement that it is committed to continuing reconciliation among the fighting sides in the region and across the country to help restore peace and stability.

“The federal government’s intension is to stop the fight. It calls for Somaliland, Puntland local officials, community leaders, and scholars to stop the conflict, and work with the government in fostering peace and integrating brotherly people,” it said.

The government called on both sides to swiftly and unconditionally bring to an end to the looming conflict and solve their differences through dialogue and reconciliation.

The government expressed concern about the fresh armed conflict at Tukaraq area this week and urged the two sides to stop the battle unconditionally and come to negotiating table.

Tension has been rising since Monday in the disputed Takaraq location in Sool region, about 90 km from Garowe town as both sides amass troops ready for combat in the Puntland administrative capital.

Puntland authorities have blamed the break-away region of Somaliland for launching offensive in Takaraq to prevent visit by Somalia president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to the region.

The Somalia government described the current conflict in the region as unfortunate, saying such fighting would only give opportunity to the enemies of peace.

The statement comes after military forces from Somaliland Monday took control of a town under the semi autonomous region of Puntland following a fierce fighting.

Puntland State President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali condemned Somaliland for launching offensive on its territory.

“Puntland State is fighting Al-Shabaab and IS militants and the attack from Somaliland Administration gives shelter and support to the terrorist groups in the region,” Ali said on Tuesday evening.

Both Puntland and Somaliland have been in contest over Sool and Sanag regions with each side claiming control.

Puntland parliament threatened force in November 2017 against Somaliland if elections took place in Sool during the presidential poll. The polls, however, went on uninterrupted in most areas of Sool.

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