Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Somalia: Puntland president makes Cabinet, police changes

Somalia: Puntland president makes Cabinet, police changes

The president of Somalia's Puntland state has made minor changes in Cabinet and the state's police command, Radio Garowe reports.

Two presidential decrees signed by Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole this week featured new police commanders and replacements for two deputy ministers.

Former Deputy Minister of Women's Development, Ms. Seynab Ugas Yasin, was appointed to become Puntland's new Deputy Minister for Health.

The former Deputy Health Minister, another woman politician named Maymun Abdi Duale, was appointed to become the Deputy Minister for Women's Development.

Thirdly, a new Director-General was appointed for the Puntland Ministry of Aviation and Airports. Ms. Saido Hussein Ali takes over after former Director-General of Aviation and Airports, Ms. Faduma Abdi Madobe, was fired.

Separately, another presidential decree appointed nine new police commanders.

New changes include: deputy commander of police logistics; deputy Puntland police commander; Bari regional police chief and his deputy; deputy commanders for airport and port police in Bossaso; deputy commander of Birmadka mobile police unit; and Nugal regional deputy police commander.

The police reforms come at a time when security institutions in Puntland are under increasing public scrutiny.

Puntland, located in northeastern Somalia, has its own state government, security forces and policies and supports the formation of a federal government in Somalia.


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