April 21, 2011 ·19 Comments
LAS ANOD — After two days of deliberation, members of Somalia’s Bari region consisting of civil servants and clan elders announced on Tuesday the formation of a new semi-autonomous region in northern Somalia.
It will be created inside the borders of the already existing Somali enclave of Puntland. They claim the new semi-autonomous region will be independent from Puntland and Somalia’s weak transitional federal government. Called Rasa-Asayr State, it comprises of towns and villages near the old historical-coastal town of Bargal in the mountainous eastern Bari region. The town will also serve as the administrative capital.
Speaking to VOA Somali Services, the new interim president, Farah
Mohamud Yusuf (Dooha), a former founding member of Puntland, said they decided to establish the new semi-autonomous state after they lost confidence in Puntland government over its performance, security and services.
Rasa-Asayr State will join a handful of semi-autonomous states in
Somalia including Puntland, Galmudug, Azania, Hiiraanland, Mareeg
State, Himan State, South-West Somalia and Somali Central State.
Puntland officials have yet to react to this latest development that undermines the authority and possibly the very existence of Puntland state.
Somalia has been mired in violence since 1991 when dictator Mohamed
Siad Bare was ousted by armed groups.
Somalilandpress | 21 April 2011
By Hassan Ali