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Wednesday, 14 November, 2001, 20:10 GMT
Infighting as new Puntland leader chosen

Political in-fighting in Somalia's breakaway north-eastern region of Puntland has intensified after an influential conference voted for a new leader for the region.

A long-running meeting in the capital Garowe of clan elders of the Darod sub-clan elected Jama Ali Jama as the new head of Puntland.

But this was immediately rejected by the existing leader of the region, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, who described the vote as futile and illegal.

His position has been contested since June.

He accused supporters of the transitional government in Mogadishu of being involved in the conference but correspondents say it is not clear whether Mr Jama will be any more sympathetic to Mogadishu than Mr Abdullahi.

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