(Xinhua) -- Sa’id Abdulahi Deni, a
former Somali Minister for Planning, was on Tuesday elected
President of the autonomous region of Puntland to serve for a
Abdihakim Mohamed Ahmed (Dhobo),
chairperson of electoral commission and Puntland State House
Representatives, announced the result, which revealed Deni got
35 votes while his closest rival, Asad Osman Abdulahi, got 31
votes in the third round of voting.
The newly elected president thanked Puntland State House of
Representatives who voted for him to lead the regional
Administration for the next five years.
Twenty one presidential candidates including incumbent
Abdiweli Mohamed Ali participated in the election on December
IGAD envoy welcome
election of Deni as new Puntland president
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
An East African bloc on Tuesday
congratulated Said Abdullahi Deni on being elected the new
president of the semi-autonomous state of Puntland in northern
Somalia on Tuesday.
Mohamed Ali Guyo, special envoy of Inter-Governmental
Authority on Development (IGAD, an eight-member regional bloc,
commended the authorities and all the stakeholders for the
orderly, peaceful and transparent conduct of the elections.
"The Special Envoy applauds outgoing President, H.E. Abdiweli
Mohamed Ali Gaas, for his service to the regional State and
indeed the whole of Somalia," the bloc said in a statement.
Guyo expressed confidence that the 55-year-old
president-elect will advance inclusive politics, peace and
stability, economic development and consolidation of democracy
in Puntland and beyond.
He also lauded the outgoing president and all other
candidates in the election for their political maturity and good
statesmanship by gracefully accepting the outcome.
The special envoy appealed to Deni and all leaders of Somalia
"to work together in uniting the country in the spirit of
reconciliation and dialogue to help address political and
socio-economic challenges facing the country."
He reaffirmed IGAD’s commitment to work with the incoming
administration and build on the existing cooperation with the
regional state for the benefit of the people in Puntland and
Deni won Puntland regional leadership contest with 35 out of
66 vote, defeating Asad Osman Abdullahi who gained 31 votes.
Deni, a businessman and a politician, was former federal
government minister for planning and international cooperation.
"A new chapter has opened for this region, a chapter of unity
and brotherly relations among Somalis and I hope that the public
will find the best in me to fulfill my duties," Deni said.
Incumbent leader Ali failed to get enough votes to progress
to second round of voting in the presidential which had no
The election in Puntland, which is one of six federal states
in Somalia, comes after a similar regional election in South
West State where a former al-Shabab founder, Mukhtar Robow, who
was the front-runner in the polls, was arrested and later
removed from the race.