I have just read the new book: “A challenging transition in Somalia, a story of personal courage and conviction” by Dr Abdiweli Mohamed Ali (Gas). The 166-page book could be informative and enlightening to those who are interested in knowing what had transpired within the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia in the course of the RoadMap to get Somalia out of the Transition in the run-up to 2012 Election – the challenges in the Constitution – making; the in-fighting within; the obstructionist role of some members of the international community to keep the status quo and the leading national and patriotic role the author played in the process as the Prime Minister of Somalia.
Of particular importance in the text is the quarrelsome relationships between the Transitional Federal Government (The Center) and Regional Administrations (The Peripheries) at the time, and important role the PM played to bring them together to agree upon completing the National Constitution and holding of election of the Parliament.
The author touches on his difficult relations with then President of Puntland, Abdirahman Farole, however he ignores the challenges and opportunities of his own election as President of Puntland in January 2014, and the prevailing now Puntland public option on his real and perceived poor leadership, run-away corruption and his Ivory – Tower attitude towards governance and consensus – building.
I thought Abdiweli’s take and characterization of the Somali Civil War is courageous and an accurate account.
Of particular interest in the book is the erudite use of the English language. The book is a good read for those who want to catch-up with the latest political developments in Somalia and attempts to revive, re-instate and re-institute the failed state.