Puntland: The City of Galkayo establishes a new City Council

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Mareeg.com-(Thursday 17 April, 2014) In a special event at the Presidential Residence, the President of
Puntland State of Somalia H.E Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, some of the Cabinet Ministers, and
some Members of the Puntland Parliament last night oversaw the swearing-in of 25 of the 27
City Councilors for the City of Galkayo. Candidates for the remaining two seats are still being
processed.
The new Council comprises of more diverse and qualified Councilors including; women,
activists, dynamic members of the business community, and particularly youth leaders from
the City of Galkayo. A Vetting Committee appointment by the Minister of Interior and Local
Government, Hon. Mr. Ahmed Elmi Osman screened and processed the candidates.
“We are very much pleased by the establishment of the City Council of Galkayo and
congratulate the new Councilors. We also thank the residents, elders, and civil society groups
for working with us over the past few days on the process of nomination and vetting”. Said
Minister Osman.
The Establishment of the City Council of Galkayo will improve governance, support economic
development and advance the democratization process underway across Puntland.
Elections for the new Mayor of Galkayo are being organized to take place Friday evening.

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