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Puntland leader in hospital

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad, leader of Puntland in northeast Somalia, was flown to Nairobi, Kenya this week for undisclosed medical treatment, diplomatic sources told IRIN on Wednesday.

The sources said it was understood he had been admitted to hospital for abdominal treatment, but gave no further details.

They also stressed that they did not suspect any other motive for his hospitalisation stemming from his widely reported opposition to President Abdiqasim Salad Hasan and the newly elected Transitional National Assembly (TNA) whose 245 members were voted into office at the end of peace talks last month hosted in neighbouring Djibouti.

Meanwhile, the sources said they could not confirm or deny news reports that three Somali faction leaders, also opposed to new interim authority, had also arrived in Nairobi on Tuesday.

AFP, quoting aides to Husayn Aydid, Uthman Ato and Muhammad Qanyareh Afrah, said they had arrived for talks with Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad.

On Sunday, Aydid, Ato and two other faction leaders called on the international community to reject the newly elected interim authority.


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