In this brief article, I will discuss Dr. Guled Salah Barre, Puntland’s leading presidential candidate, and his journey from humble beginnings to becoming a prominent figure in the political landscape. Dr. Guled has maintained a peaceful and non-violent political campaign demeanor since the commencement of the campaign trail in major towns in Puntland, including the capital, Garowe. Additionally, I will highlight his historical contribution to the first-ever democratic process in Somalia in 57 years and his successful management of both private and public institutions over the last decade.
Dr. Guled Salah’s Life Journey: From Humble Beginnings to Success
Born in Garowe town, Nugal region, in the early 80s, Dr. Guled Salah Barre experienced a humble upbringing in an ordinary background. Despite early life hardships, his hardworking mother managed a small shop in Garowe market, laying the foundation for his education. Dr. Guled excelled in school and recently earned his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management & Good Governance from the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE).
Throughout his career, Dr. Guled successfully managed both private and public institutions, including the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change and the SIDRA Institute, a leading Think Tank headquartered in Garowe.
Accomplishments at the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change
During his tenure at the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change, Dr. Guled implemented a merit-based hiring system, contributing to the institution’s efficiency. His reorganization and restructuring efforts earned the ministry recognition as the best-functioning entity during President Abdiwali Gaas’s administration.
SIDRA Institute: Nurturing High-Caliber Researchers and Writers
As the founder and manager of the SIDRA Institute, Dr. Guled Salah Barre played a pivotal role in nurturing and producing high-caliber researchers and writers. The institute provided employment opportunities for fresh graduates from local and international universities, reflecting Dr. Guled’s leadership and integrity.
Tested and Effective Strategist
Dr. Guled emerged as a tested, trusted, and effective strategic leader through personal commitment and courage. Throughout the campaign, he maintained a calm and peaceful demeanor, emphasizing a diplomatic and peaceful transition of power.
Excellence in Democratic Election Conduction
As the chairman of Puntland’s Transitional Electoral Commission (TPEC), Dr. Guled Salah Barre played a crucial role in overseeing the first democratic elections in Somalia in 57 years. He emphasized conducting the process with diligence, good faith, and a commitment to avoiding personal and group interests.
Unique Qualities Setting Dr. Guled Apart
Dr. Guled distinguishes himself from other presidential candidates with his well-established managerial skills, extensive knowledge, and experience in governance, administration, and research. His commitment to peaceful politics, coupled with his visionary leadership, makes him a standout candidate.
Candidate’s Motives for Candidacy
Dr. Guled’s candidacy is motivated by his vast experience in reorganizing and reshaping Puntland’s governance system, his knowledge of political transitions, and his commitment to a changing mode of politics based on accountability and justice.
Political Views on FGS Relations
He pledges to represent Puntland with a clear political agenda focused on the region’s interests rather than personal or group gains. Dr. Guled expresses full support for the SSC-Khatumo administration, emphasizing his alignment with the will of the people and traditional leaders.
The upcoming presidential election in Puntland, scheduled for January 8, 2024, appears to be a two-horse race between the incumbent president and Dr. Guled Salah Barre. As a proven leader with a commitment to accountability and inclusivity, Dr. Guled has the potential to bring positive change to Puntland’s governance. If elected, he is expected to address systemic issues, foster economic growth, and establish collaborative relationships with the federal government in Mogadishu and other federal member states. Dr. Guled Salah Barre, a man of principle and integrity, whose campaign slogan is “A Vision for Change Through Accountability and Justice,” is poised to deliver on his promises and deserves consideration as a promising leader for Puntland’s future.
About the Author:
Mohamed Omar Ahmed (Mulla) a Co-founder of MARAG Consultancy Firm. He holds L.L.M. (Master of Laws) in Public Law from Mogadishu University; PGD in Law from Somali National University in Mogadishu. He holds BDES in Development Studies from PSU in Garowe. He previously served at DAI-TIS (USAID) Program. Currently, he is a senior correspondent in Somalia for Bloomberg News. He also writes for Thomson Reuters Foundation.