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Puntland presidential hopeful campaigns in Seattle
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by Yusuf Mohamud
Sunday, Mar 16, 2008
 

SEATTLE, Washington March 16 (HOL): A Somali-American running to become the fourth president of the Somali region of Puntland held a campaign rally in Seattle, Washington, on Saturday, March 15, 2008.
 
Nearly 200 Somalis from the Greater Seattle area welcomed Abdiqani Mohamed Warsame (Shancad) to Sea-Tac Meeting Hall, where traditional food was served and singers sang live music.
 
Respected community members offered brief speeches about Mr. Abdiqani Shancad and the current situation in Somalia as a whole, and the Puntland region in particular.
 
Hussein Abdullahi 'Ateye,' a Somali army veteran, offered words of wisdom to the Puntland presidential candidate, saying: "The man who presents himself to lead at a time of crisis must be a just and capable ruler."
 
Other speakers included community activist Abdirahman Jama, buraambur lady Anab Ali Abdulle whose poetic words resonated through the room, and local elder Mohamud Huhule.
 
Abdihabib Yasin Warsame, Shancad' campaign manager, addressed the crowd as he described Mr. Shancad's background and political aspirations.
 
A former school principal, Shancad received his education at Lafole College of Education in Somalia and the University of Minnesota, where he completed his Master's degree in international studies.
 
At 10pm, Mr. Shancad got on the podium as the crowd cheered. He promised three things he would accomplish if elected to become the next president of Puntland State of Somalia: a population census, a constitutional review and opening the region to political parties.
 
Mr. Shancad was openly critical of the current Puntland government, led by President Adde Muse.
 
He said the "root cause" of the current problems in Puntland is the illegal printing of counterfeit Somali Shillings, which has devalued the dollar and led to hyperinflation throughout the region.
 
He accused unnamed Puntland government officials of being complicit in the counterfeit cash, kidnapping and piracy scandals: "Politicians are involved."

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Mr. Shancad stated that he will focus on security, education and health if he is elected to lead Puntland.
 
He promised free education and improved healthcare facilities, aims he said he will reach by being financially accountable.
 
He stressed the importance of a capable education system and promised to stop the import of expired medical drugs, a common practice across Somalia.
 
Illiteracy rates would go down under a Shancad administration, the candidate promised.
 
Addressing Puntland's oil issues, Mr. Shancad said the current exploration agreement between Puntland and foreign companies "are illegal until Parliament ratifies the agreements."
 
But if the Puntland Parliament ratifies the deal, Shancad said the agreements then become legal contracts.
 
According to Shancad, the "Puntland government has the right and priority to sign exploration deals on its soil."

Puntland's presidential elections are scheduled to take place in January 2009. So far, 10 candidates have began campaigning both in Puntland and in the Diaspora.
 
Seattle locals said Mr. Shancad is the first presidential candidate to campaign in the city.



If you are a candidate for upcoming Puntland Elections, please send your profile together with your Pictures to : [email protected]

Yusuf Mohamud, Hiiraan Online
Seattle, WA (USA)
[email protected]

 
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    halganka @ 4/1/2008 1:56 AM EST
 yaa diidi kara in maanta gobolka waqooyi-galbeed soomaaliya
yahay meesha ugu badan cudurka AIDS ka, sidoo kalena yaa diidi
kara in Waqooyi-Bari Soomaaliya iyaduna tahay xarun kale
oo cudurka AIDS ka ku badhaadhay????

walaal;

waa wax lagu farxo haddii walaalkaaga soomaaliga ahi uu horumar
ku tilaabsado, balse waxaa mudnaan mudan in runta la isu sheego
oo aan been nafta lagu qancin, ma garatay !

maanta waxaanu og-nahay oo aynu aragnaa in wax laga dheefay
xiriir itoobiyaan lala yeesho oo aan AIDS ka ahayn aan faa'iido
kale oo intaas dhaafsiisan laga hayn.

heer waxaa la gaadhay wiilka iyo gabadha is-guursanaya ay
keenaan cadayn muujineysa inaysan qabin AIDS, taasina waa
meesha ay na gaadhsiisay in itoobiyaan hoosta laga galo.

tan kale muqdisho iyo xamar waxaad la socotaan in dad faro badan
oo soomaali ahi lagu arkay AIDS ka dib markii dhiig cudurka AIDS ka
qaba itoobiya laga keenay oo dadka isbitaalka joogaa lagu shubay.

haddaba, xaqiiqda iyo runtu waxa ay tahay waa sidaas ee
waxaa isweydiin mudan wiilasha ama dhallinyarada halkan
wax ku qortaa ee sheegta inay aqoon leeyihiin, maxaa ku kalifay
inay sida khaldan ee lunsan wax u qiyaasaan, taasi waa su'aal.

sidoo kale maxaa kalifay dadka soomaaliyeed inay diidaan
oo ay indhaha ku kala qaadaan xaqiiqdu waxa ay tahay - maanta
qabiil ka xoog badan qabiil kale lama hayo, sidoo kalena
lama hayo qabiil horumar gaaray oo ay reerka kale ugu faani karaan.

guud ahaan iyo gaar-ahaanba waxaa laga siman yahay aafo waana
mid aad u baaxad weyn oo salka ku haysa AIDS.

kuwa qurbaha joogaa waxaa ay sugayaa oo kaliya maalinka
dalalka reer-galbeedka ka dilaaco waxa la yiraahdo
ama afafka qalalaad lagu yiraahdo RACE TENSION, waayo
adduunka maanta waa la kala bixi wixii la oran jirey
GLOBALIZATION na waa dhamaaday oo hadda waxaa lagu dagaalamayaa
khayraadka ka buuxa qaaradda AFRIKA khaasatan Soomaaliya, waxaanu
sugnaa waa soomaali dalka dibaddiisa lagu ugaadhsado taasina ma foga.

xalka waa mid kaliya, in marka hore itoobiyaanka taageerada
ka haystaa mareykanka loo midoobo oo si fiican loola dagaalamo.

wajiga taasi ku xigaana waa in la inqilaabo maamulada
gudaha soomaaliya u naageeya AIDS ka itoobiya sida kuwa la baxay
"puntland" iyo "somaliland"

wajiga saddexaadna waa in gudaha soomaaliya laga nadiifiyo
wixii Oromo ah, Amxaar ah, Tigree ah amaba carab ah ee dalka
gudihiisa ku dhexdhuumaaleysanaya.

soomaaliya marka ay intaas ka dhacdo waxaa soo raacaya
in la xiro kuwa sheegta wariyeyaasha ama suxufiyiinta oo
inta la qabqabto la dilo.

gunaanadka waa soomaaliya oo lagala dagaalamo qalabka
isgaarsiinta sida Mobile Phone iyo Internet.

markaas ummaddu waa ay aqliyeysan.

xalkeygu waa khaas

    Gaadh-haye @ 3/26/2008 8:17 AM EST
 Araweelo,
If I had the honor and privilege of voting in the upcoming Puntland elections and you happen to be a candidate, I would cast my vote for you, but on one condition: there must be an Obama type running mate. Some one who gives you a hard time and run for you money!
Some thing tells me -that some one is ME.
    axyaa @ 3/26/2008 12:55 AM EST
 arrweelo  / runn for puntland presindency  iam vot for you  
    Arraweelo10 @ 3/25/2008 6:19 PM EST
 I am sick and tired of men running all the time, I am thinking of running Puntland presidency since there is no woman running for it. Last time there one woman and she is minister now.
    laylasamatar @ 3/22/2008 9:12 AM EST
 gaadhaye - i think we understood each other from day one!!!!!you didn't need to reinstate the obvious!!!!!
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